The Defence Medal 1939-1945 (Medal # 185, MYB)

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Obverse: Uncrowned head of King George VI facing left. Inscription GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR. OMN : REX F : D ; IND : IMP (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); initials "HP" below the neck.

Reverse: Royal Crown resting top of an oak tree (initials "HAP" below), flanked by a lion and a lioness. 'THE DEFENCE MEDAL' below and '1939' and '1945' at the top left and right, respectively.

What do the initials "HP" (obverse) and "HAP" (reverse) stand for?


According to this blog entry the HP is for Thomas Hugh Paget, and HAP is actually a HWP. Now whether that info (see below) is accurate I don't know. But it may be a starting point ...

The obverse consists of the coinage type head of George VI with, in small raised capital letters beneath the truncation of the head, the initials of the designer, 'HP' for T. Hugh Paget. (...) Surmounting the tree is a crown and in the roots is the designer's monogram, 'HWP', for Wilson Parker.



Round # , I just looked in British Historical Medals, Vol #3, in the list of Medalists and Publishers.

"Paget, Thomas Humphrey (1893 - 1974); sculptor, coin- and medal-engraver.  Studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Academy Schools. Member of the Royal Mint panel of artists and responsible through work from the Royal Mint and many private commissions, for coinage effigy of George VI, seals for foreign governments and medals for overseas institutions."