Here we have a Canadian General Service Medal (1866-1870) with the Fenian Raid (1866) Bar and the Red River (1870) bar. It was awarded to members of the Imperial and Canadian forces who had taken part in the suppression of the Fenian raids and Riel's First Rebellion, the latter being generally referred to as the Red River Expedition. It is constructed out of a die stamped, silver base. The round shaped obverse features a diademed and veiled effigy of, facing left, Queen Victoria wearing the Order of the Garter and is surrounded by “Victoria Regina Et Imperatrix.”. The reverse displays the red ensign of Canada, floating with the breeze, surrounded by a wreath of maple leaves and surmounted by the word “Canada”. To the top is a double-toe claw attachment that has a plain, swiveling suspender that has the “Fenian Raid 1866” and “Red River 1870” bars. Attached to the suspender is a red and white folded ribbon. The rim is not named. It measures approximately 1 7/16 of an inch in diameter. Beautiful!
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