Historical information

This medal was presented posthumously to Captain John Coffey’s family for his efforts at saving life at sea, 1882. Captain Coffey lost his life in this attempt. The shipwreck occurred between Australia and England.

It is interesting to note that the medail and note were packaged in a small tin that's original purpose was to present a gift of wedding cake to wedding guest.

Physical description

Medal. Silver medal with blue ribbon presented posthumously to Captain John Coffey's family for his efforts at saving life at sea, 1882. Obverse of medal has images of British flag, Crown flag with "S.F.", portrait of a man, shipwreck, cannon and anchor, man with telescope, 2 people attending a body on shore. Reverse of medal has just text. The medal clasp depicts 2 fish with heads together. Medal made by Stokes. Medal is in a metal box which has two bells depicted on lid. A letter by H R Coffey, grandson of J Coffey is also contained. The medal and note are contained in a metal din with wedding bells pressed into the lid.

Inscriptions & markings

On rim "CAPTAIN JOHN COFFEY - 1882"
Obverse "SHIPWRECKED FISHERMEN AND MARINERS ROYAL BENEVOLENT SOCIETY" and "ESTAB AD 1839 INCO BY ACT OF PARL 1850"
Reverse "PRESENTED FOR HEROIC EXERTIONS IN SAVING LIFE FROM DROWNING / JOB XXIX 13" and "ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY"
Tin box has "MEDAL" hand written in black.