Date added: 31 Mar 2017
Brunswick Peninsular War Medals
George IV as King of Hanover and head of the elder branch of the House of Brunswick was appointed guardian of Charles II, Duke of Brunswick (1804-73) during his minority. Count Munster, Hanoverian Minister in London, administered the affairs of Brunswick.
In May 1827, the Duke issued a proclamation accusing the King and Munster of mismanagement and malversation. The King applied to the Diet to compel the Duke "to make satisfaction for the insults which he publicly heaped upon His Majesty". In July 1829 a Commission appointed by the Diet found against the Duke on all counts. Duke Charles II was deposed by a popular uprising in September 1830 and was succeeded by his brother William who granted a constitution and reigned prosperously till his death in 1884. He was the last of the younger line of the House of Brunswick
One medal was issued in 1824 in silver for officers and bronze for ‘other ranks’. The second issued in 1833, again in silver and bronze (the 1833 issue comes in three die varieties).
The two issues may be distinguished by the cyphers on the obverse shield – the 1824 issue bears the letter ‘C’, whilst the 1833 issue with the letter ‘W’. The ribbons were carmine red.