Created in 1808, The British Army Gold Medal was designed for Award to High Ranking British Army Officers who had led Commands in The Field during various Napoleonic Wars Campaigns. Another criteria was that The Awardee did so in a ''conspicuous manner'' (from which, it is assumed – meat that a Commander actually led ''from The Field''.
Issued until 1814, The Gold Medal (of which only 700 were ever issued), was seen in two variation. The First – was a Circular Device of Gold, with the engraving of Britannia (seated) with other symbols of British State surrounding. The Reverse of The Device featured a Standing Lion. Claps attached to The Ribbon, denoted the particular Campaign of Award. Later versions of The Gold Cross showed a Maltese Cross design used. The Ribbon was a Red Field with (2) smaller Black Stripes on each end.