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MEDALS

The ‘Uluafi Medal of Merit (Metali Faka’ilonga Lavame’a Lahi):founded by King Sia’osi Taufa’ahau Tupou IV in September 1971 to reward high services to the state. Awarded in three classes (1. ‘Uluafi Gold Medal (Metali Koula ‘Uluafi), 2. ‘Uluafi Silver Medal (Metali Siliva ‘Uluafi), and 3. ‘Uluafi Bronze Medal (Metali Polonisi ‘Uluafi)).

The ‘Uluafu Medal of Merit - First Class in Gold, obverse (L), Second Class in Silver, reverse (C) and Third Class in Bronze, observse (R) 

The Medal of the Royal Military Order of St George: instituted by King George Tupou V in 2009 to reward distinguished and meritorious military services by members of the uniformed services, including the Tonga Defence Services. Awarded in three classes (1. First Class in gold, 2. Second Class in silver, and 3. Third Class in copper).  The medal is associated with the Royal Military Order of St George.

The Medal of the Royal Order of St George, second class in silver.

King  George Tupou V Coronation Medal (Metali Fakalangilangi ‘o e Hilifaki Kalauni ‘o ‘Ene ‘Afio, Siaosi Tupou V): instituted by King George Tupou V 31st July 2008 to commemorate his coronation. Awarded in a single grade, a frosted gilt medal.

King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Coronation Silver Jubilee Medal (Metali Fakalangilangi ‘o e Siupeli Siliva ‘o e Hilifaki Kalauni ‘o ‘Ene ‘Afio Taufa’ahau Tupou IV): instituted by King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV on 4th July 1992 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his coronation in 1967. Awarded in a single grade, a circular silver medal.

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King George Tupou V Coronation Medal (L) and King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Silver Jubilee Medal in gold  (R).

The Tonga General Service Medal: instituted by King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV on 4th July 1995 to reward meritorious services of a general nature, mainly to the Tonga Defence Services but also on occasion to members of the police, uniformed emergency services and civilians. Issued in one class, with named clasps for particular campaigns or actions.

The Campaign Medal (Metali Kemipeini): instituted by King George Tupou V in 2008 to recognise the services of members of the Tongan contingents serving alongside US forces in Iraq.

The Campaign Medal.

The Meritorious Service Medal (Metali ‘o e Fakahoko Fatongia): instituted by King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV to reward officers and other ranks of the Tonga Defence Services in recognition of distinguished or meritorious service. Awarded in a single grade, a frosted gilt medal..

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The Meritorious Service Medal (L) and the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (R).

The Second World War Silver Jubilee Medal (Metali ‘o e Siupeli Siliva ‘o e Tau Hono Ua): instituted by King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV to commemorate the 25th anniversary of service by Tongan troops during the Second World War. Awarded in a single class, a circular silver medal.

The Tonga Defence Services Long Service and Good Conduct Medal: instituted by King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV to reward officers and other ranks of the Tonga Defence Services in recognition of long service and good conduct. Awarded in a single grade, a circular medal in frosted silver.

The Royal Household Medal - First Class (L), Second Class (C) and Third Class (R).

The Royal Houshold Medal: instituted by King George Tupou V in 2009 to reward loyal and personal service to the sovereign by members of the Royal Household and others. Awarded in three classes (1. First Class in gold, 2. Second Class in silver, and 3. Third Class in copper).  The Royal Household Medal is associated with the Order of the Royal Household.

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