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Facsimile of Victoria Cross metal 1982

RCIN 79697

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The Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration awarded ‘for valour in the face of the enemy’ takes precedence over all other military and civil orders, decorations and medals. Instituted during the Crimean war the first appointments were made in 1856 and were personally presented by Queen Victoria. The Cross was (and still is) traditionally cast from the bronze of cannon captured in the Crimean war. The metal is supplied when required to Hancocks and Co., the makers of the Victoria Cross, by the Central Ordnance Depot, Donnington. This facsimile of the fragment of the bronze was presented to HM The Queen on her visit to Donnington on 4 June 1982.