Medals and coins

The House of Commons collection of medals and coins has been built over the last 100 years and is substantially formed by donations from three Members of Parliament.

Although not in any sense a specialist collection, it does present a near-complete perspective of the awards instituted by the British Crown and issued to its Armed Forces over the last two centuries.

The collection is augmented by a comprehensive array of gallantry awards to civilians and to the civilian services, consisting both of official medals, and those given by life-saving and other bodies.

Overview

Overview

The origins of Parliament's medals and coins collection, how it is maintained and information on the three Members of Parliament whose generous donations helped create much of the collection

In the collection

In the collection

Photographs and histories of a selection of the medals held by Parliament and a listing of the full collection of medals and coins

Contemporary context

Contemporary context

Information on recent medals added to the collection

Parliament and the First World War

Related information

The Pankhurst medal, awarded to Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), can be viewed at Parliament

Also within Living Heritage

Memorials on the Parliamentary estate commemorate MPs, Peers and Parliamentary staff killed whilst serving in the two World Wars