Medal, Commemorative Messina Earthquake

An Italian Commemorative Messina Earthquake medal. The round silver metal features a left facing profile of King Victor Emanuel III . " VITTORIO EMANUELE III RE D'ITALIA" is marked around it. " MEDAGLIA COMMEMORATIVA / TERREMOTO CALABRO-SICULO 28 DICEMBRE 1908 " is marked within an oak wreath on the reverse.
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Medals like these were issued to everyone who helped with relief operations following the catastrophic 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck the Sicily and Calabria area of Italy on 28 December 1908. This medal was donated to Taranaki Museum as part of a large collection made by prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston.
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