160 years ago in 1854 the first VC was awarded retrospectively to Mate D C Lucas of the Royal Navy in the Baltic Campaign of the Crimea War. A Royal Warrant was issued in June 1856 and the medal was probably designed by Prince Albert and is made out of the bronze of melted down cannons. Today, a real VC would cost well over £300,000 so it is unlikely anyone of us will have the privilege of owning such a rarity. However, although a poor substitute for the real thing, we have available an excellent replica VC complete with wine red ribbon. Itâs a good item to have in your collection but its the stories of the heroism that are beyond value. Also available the large medal.