125 Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal

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The 125 Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, also known as the Canada 125 Medal, was a commemorative medal to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Canadian confederation (1867-1992).

The medal was available to military members and civilians. Military nominees were selected by the chain of command based on merit. Persons deceased prior to 1 January 1992 were not eligible for consideration.[1]


The medal is circular in form, made of copper and zinc alloy, rhodium plated (appears bright silver), 1.42 inches (36 mm) in diameter.


There is no bar to this medal.


The obverse has a Royal Cypher (EIIR) surmounted by a crown superimposed on a large single maple leaf, circumscribed with the legend CONFEDERATION CONFÉDÉRATION and the dates 1867 - 1992 at the bottom.


The reverse has a shield of arms of Canada encircled by the motto ribbon of the Order of Canada (which contains the words DESIDERANTE MELIOREM PATRIAM) ensigned by the central portion of the crest of Canada (a crowned lion holding a maple leaf in the right front paw) and circumscribed with the motto A MARI USQUE AD MARE at the bottom.


The ribbon is white with edges of blue and five red stripes equally spaced between the two blue stripes. It is similar to the Centennial Medal ribbon except it has blue edges and one extra red stripe. The red and white are the official colours of Canada as appointed by King George V in 1921, the blue borders symbolize the motto of Canada A MARI USQUE AD MARE (From sea to sea) and the five thin red stripes each represent a quarter century for one hundred and twenty five years.


A claw at the top of the medal attaches to a straight bar, with a maple leaf at the top of the claw where the claw attaches to the bar.


The commemorative medal was awarded in 1992.


The medal is not named.


There were 42,000 medals issued, of which 4,000 were awarded to members of the Canadian Forces.


  1. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/medals-decorations/details/195