The Ashanti Star
The Ashanti Star was instituted 1896 and awarded to the members
of the punitive expedition against the Ashanti King Prempeh.
This expedition came about due to the Ashanti failure to honour
conditions of the 1874 peace treaty, in particular the payment
to the Crown of 50,000 ounces of gold. (see
Ashantee Medal 1873) The expedition included composite
units composed of small detachments of men from a number of
British regiments, although since the stars were issued unnamed
it is not possible to identify these regimentally scarce medals,
unless as part of a named group.
Description; A bronze
interpenetrant four pointed star and saltire cross, 38mm wide,
with suspension by a loop and ring. Obverse: a central medallion
with a circlet inscribed "Ashanti 1896" and at the centre an
imperial crown. Reverse; within a circular central recess the
inscription "From the Queen", the rest of the reverse surface is
Naming; issued unnamed, but the Colonel of the 2nd Battalion
West Yorkshire Regiment had his unit's stars engraved at his own
31mm wide, yellow with two black stripes.
Medals of the Regiments for qualification by regiment.