Australia Victoria
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: This undated Victorian Police medal was formerly in the collection of George McArthur, who died in 1903. It therefore pre-dates this time. The Victoria(n) Police was formally established on 8 January 1853, replacing several smaller policing groups. It initially had a strength of 875 men, including 26 officers, serving a Victorian population of 168,000. Police in the nineteenth century acted as stand-ins for soldiers, firemen and even debt collectors, in addition to fighting crime and maintaining public order.

Previous Collections: George McArthur

Obverse Description

VICTORIAN POLICE around a monogram VR

Reverse Description

Impressed: the number "1" (very large) within a laurel wreath

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