Seringapatam Medal 1799.
This gold medal was issued by the East India Company for award to both British and Indian troops and marked the defeat of Tipu Sultan, the 'Tiger of Mysore', at Seringapatam during the 4th Mysore War (1799).
The British lion is shown triumphing over Tipu Sultan's tiger. The Arabic inscription on the pennon reads, 'The Victorious Lion of God'. On the reverse the fortress of Seringapatam is depicted under attack, with an inscription below in Persian, 'Seringapatam God given 28th day of the month Zikadah, 1213 of the Hegira'.
The Seringapatam Medal was designed by C H Kuchler at the Birmingham Mint and produced in gold, silver gilt, silver, bronze and pewter. A slightly smaller version in gold and silver only was produced at the Calcutta Mint.
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