King’s Medal for Native Chiefs, GVR Crowned head larger bust, 2nd Class in Silver, neck badge complete with linked GRI cypher collar chain. Very Rare.
Condition: some contact wear, overall Very Fine.
Various large silver medals were struck for award to native chiefs in various parts of the world, from the eighteenth century onwards, and of these the awards to American Indian chiefs are probably the best known. In 1920, however, a standard King’s Medal for Chiefs was instituted. It was awarded exceptionally in silver-gilt for the 1st Class, and usually in silver for the 2nd Class. The oval medal was worn round the neck from a silver collar. The more modern issues, however, are smaller and intended for wear with a ribbon from the breast. The medal is normally returned on the death of the recipient.