Originally a trophy of arms but, since 1902,
the effigy of the reigning sovereign.
The reverse shows FOR/DISTINGUISHED/CONDUCT/IN
THE FIELD in four lines, with a horizontal line
through a small oval wreath below the wording.
Some Edward VII medals had the word CANADA above
An ornate scroll suspender is attached to the
medal by a single-toe claw.
The regimental or equivalent number, rank,
initials, surname and unit of the recipient are
impressed in plain block capitals around the rim
of the medal.
The crimson ribbon is 1.25 inches wide with a
dark blue central stripe (0.375).
The DCM was created on 04 December 1854,
because of the Crimea War .