Medal: Great Britain Award Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
Medal: Great Britain Award Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve

Harry sent us this picture of his spiffy bronze award medallion from the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). The design contains an RNVR insignia, an open space for engraving award information, and the fouled anchor design prevalent for many Navies worldwide. The secondary picture on this page shows an RNVR button with the same design.

From the picture, the vintage of Harry's medal looks to be of the World War II era. Such bronze medals typically sell retail in the neighborhood of $20 to $50 US dollars. Harry's medal is in decent numismatic (coin collector) condition, with no problems such as scratches, stains, cleanings, nicks, gouges, or similar disfigurements. This increases value.


The unusual thing about this specific medal is that we have not been able to find it in our (somewhat extensive) reference material. We do not have every possible reference book at CoinQuest, but usually, when you know the origin of a piece, it is not difficult to find information in (professional) online databases. Book and online searches for Harry's medal have come up dry. This may indicate that this medal is rare and would therefore command higher prices than normal.

Evaluating catalog prices for coins and medals involves collecting data on auction prices realized. With no such prices available for this medal, we can only guess at value. Our guesses are:

worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $200

If you are a regular CoinQuest visitor and have information about this medal, please contact us.

Catalog prices are inflated prices. To convert to actual buy and sell values, use our Terminology page.

Coin: 15929 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: Harry, Thu, 14-Nov-2013 14:22:17 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 16-Nov-2013 16:44:36 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 04-Nov-2015 16:54:08 GMT
Requester description: N R V R [- These are the only letters on the coin, with one of them on each side of what looks like a square English flag, with a dagger in the top left corner of it facing up, this is inside a circle with a crown on top, which has 4 stars in a row along it, this is inside another circle, this is less then 2cm. with a large anchor and rope on the reverse unknown
Tags: medal great britain award royal navy volunteer reserve medallion medals medalion badge medallic medaille medallions uk brit brittan brittain england britian britt english britan british brittish royale royalty v letters monogram one square flag dagger corner circle crown 4 stars star row 2 anchor rope script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials ones squarish boxed squared boxes squares box daggers knives dager knife circled encircle circlet ring circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera starrs rnvr fouled


Hi, The medal was cast circa 1963, there were a range that were minted for HMS President, to recognise achievement, i.e. Seamanship, Comms etc.. I have the details of the manufacturer, but not with me. If you are interested, then please email me on [Email Redacted - CQ] and I will find and forward it to you. (But it was London)
- Maurice

Correction, it was pre 1953 when the RNVR, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve amalgamated with the Royal Naval Reserve, to become the RNR. The crest is that of the City of London as HMS President (at that time was based on the Thames by Blackfriars Bridge (Within the square mile of London). The Unit is now based at St Katherines dock, by the Tower of London.
- Maurice
Thanks for your insightful comments Maurice! - CoinQuest (Chris)





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