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Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal


Commemorative medals are struck from time to time to mark important anniversaries and other great occasions. In keeping with that tradition, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal was created in 1977 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ascension of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. The Medal was awarded to recipients in recognition of their worthy and devoted service in various walks of life, and reflected the esteem in which they were held by their associates.

Agencies of government at the federal, provincial and local levels were invited to propose candidates, as were national organizations in every important field of endeavour including the professions, education and arts, veterans’ groups, sports associations, philanthropic and charitable bodies, and welfare services.

Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

Description: a circular silver medal with a smooth raised rim:

  • on the obverse of which is an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Royal Crown; the inscription around the rim reads ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID DEF., and
  • on the reverse of which is a large stylized maple leaf inscribed with CANADA around the top rim, and 1952 EIIR 1977 in small lettering around the bottom rim; the Royal Cipher (EIIR) has a small crown on top
  • the watered white ribbon (representing silver) has cardinal red edge stripes, and the middle is garter blue, with a cardinal stripe running through its centre
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal

Wearing: as prescribed in the protocol for Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals (http://www.gg.ca/honours/pdf/wearing_e.pdf)

Updated: 2018-03-26
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