Prices of Officer's CommissionsThe following is a table of the prices paid by Officers of the Army for their respective Ranks. The amounts clearly reflect the relative status held by the various branches of the service. There were several different officer's commissions. Ensign is the lowest rank held in the Infantry, while Coronets served in the Cavalry. In some Regiments, such as the Fusiliers, the lowest rank was a "Second Lieutenant," with a purchase price of £450.
|RANK||Horse Guards||Dragoons||Foot Guards||Infantry|
|Lieutenant||£1350||£ 997/10/-||£1500||£ 550|
|Ensign/Coronet||£1050||£ 735||£ 600||£ 400|
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