Famous Medals Produced by Alex. Kirkwood & Son

Over nearly two centuries, the business has continued to make dies and then strike medals. They have produced some of the rarest and greatest medals. Two of the most famous dies are the solid silver dies created for the seal for stamping the Great Seal of Scotland. The Seal is attached to official documents to confer royal assent by the reigning Monarch and is believed to date back to 1094. The design of the Great Seal of Scotland is the responsibility of the Lord Lyon King of Arms. The reverse of the Seal shows the monarch on horseback, but it is not changed from reign to reign and the current version is that produced by Alexander Kirkwood & Son in 1911 for the accession of King George V.

Alexander Kirkwood & Son also created the prestigious ‘Livingstone Medal’, awarded by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in recognition of ‘outstanding public service in which geography has played an important part, either by exploration, by administration, or in other directions where its principles have been applied to the benefit of the human race.’ Alexander Kirkwood & Son created the dies from this design and have struck the medals since the award’s inception. Sir Harry Johnston, a British explorer, botanist and zoologist was the first recipient of the medal in 1901. Over the years, others have included Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Michael Palin and Sir David Attenborough.

New medals developed in recent years have included: The Edinburgh Medal, struck in silver and awarded by the City of Edinburgh to an individual who has contributed greatly within the world of science. Alex. Kirkwood & Son produced the first ever St Andrew's Award Medal, presented by the Scottish Government, celebrating significant acts of bravery in Scotland. The business was commissioned to produce special medals for the Badminton World Federation 2017 World Championships, awarded by the host nation to key supporting partners.






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