Zimbabwean Independence Medal, 1980

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Zimbabwean Independence Medal, 1980
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Obverse and reverse of the medal in bronze
TypeCommemorative medal
Awarded forZimbabwean Independence
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Ribbon of the medal

The Zimbabwean Independence Medal, 1980 was instituted on 17 April 1980[1] for award to those who were involved in the Zimbabwean independence process or commemorations in some way.


The medal was awarded in silver and bronze.[1]

The obverse depicts the Zimbabwe Ruins (Great Zimbabwe) in Masvingo Province; crossed gun and hoe; with the date of Zimbabwe's independence, 18 April 1980.

The reverse depicts a Zimbabwe bird rising from the fire.

Ribbon - 38mm divided into seven parts: Green (6mm), Gold (5mm), Red (5mm), Black (6mm), repeated in reverse. Award of a silver medal denoted by Silver rose emblem.[2]


Awarded to any person or group or category of persons nominated by the Prime Minister.[1]

The medal is often seen on its own, but can be found in a pair with the British and Commonwealth Rhodesia Medal, since all recipients of the Rhodesia Medal also received the Zimbabwean Independence Medal.[3] However, British personnel did not have permission to wear it in uniform,[4] while New Zealand granted approval for restricted wear only.[5] With regard to Rhodesian recipients, the Independence Medal is commonly found with the Rhodesian General Service Medal.



  1. ^ a b c Website: Orders, Decorations and Medals of Zimbabwe. Access date: 3 May 2018
  2. ^ John Mussell (ed). Medal Yearbook 2015. p. 312. Published by Token Publishing Ltd. Honiton, Devon.
  3. ^ Joslin, Litherland and Simpkin. British Battles and Medals. pp. 265-6. Published Spink, London. 1988.
  4. ^ The Zimbabwean Independence Medal is not mentioned in the official British order of wear.
  5. ^ "The Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table – A Guide to the Correct Order of Wear". New Zealand Defence Force. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
  • See also: Rhodesia - Orders, Decorations and Medals and their Ribbons, JPI Fforde and AW Rich.