TITLE: CITY OF TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, WELCOME HOME MEDAL
RIBBON: SAME RIBBON AS USED ON QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL
NAMED: SEE BELOW, (Note: I have seven in my collection 4 named, 3 un-named)
SIZE: 34.4 mm
HERN'S CATALOGUE NUMBER: 872
HIBBARD'S CATALOGUE NUMBER: H-1
GEORGE A. BROWN PAGE: PAGE 23/24
CLASSIFICATION: WELCOME HOME MEDALDESIGNER: P. W. ELLIS, TORONTO
OBVERSE: CIRCULAR WITH PROTRUDING QUEEN'S CROWN AND TWO CHAINS THAT FASTEN THE MEDAL TO THE BROOCH SUSPENDER WHICH HAS A CENTRAL MAPLE LEAF OVER CROSSED RIFLES AND RIBBON BANNER READING "TORONTO / WELCOMES / HER SONS". ON FACE OF MEDAL IS A SOLDIER COMING HOME TO BE WELCOMED BY HIS MOTHER / WIFE AND DOG, COVERD BY BRANCH OF GRAPES, DOORWAY AND PICKET FENCE IN BACKGROUND.
REVERSE: CIRCLE OF LAUREL LEAVES IS THE HILT OF A SWORD POINTING DOWN WITH THE WORS "SOUTH AFRICA" EITHER SIDE OF THE HILT, AND THE DATE, A DOVE BELOW WITH RIBBON THAT READS "WELCOME HOME" ON RIGHT SIDE IS THE WORD "CANADA'S" AND ON LEFT "BRAVE BOYS"
TYPE ONE: THE DATE SHOWN ON REVERSE 1900. (NOTE: These are the medals that were presented by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on their cross Canada tour, see Westmount Medal) AND SEEM TO BE THE ONLY ONES THAT WERE OFFICIALLY NAMED.
POSSIBLE TYPE TWO:THE DATE SHOWN ON REVERSE 1901. This one has not been reported but there is a possiblity that there is one, if you have a Toronto Welcome Home Medal in your collection can you please check to see if it is Named and Date.
TYPE THREE: DATE SHOWN ON REVERSE 1902. Have not found one of these officially named yet. Please see photo of bronze medallion that was sold to the general public.
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