No Alex, my standards have room for a medal made of a non-precious medal, were it to mean something and yes, the VC is made of bronze from captured cannon from the Crimea, or at least they were. That means something. That was very thoughtful and a medal I respect from all considerations. The conception of that medal was honourable. A TOMBAC CD has all the earmarks of a committee sitting around and saying "Silver is going to cost us a fortune, what's a cheaper metal we can use?" I mean, is there any significance to using TOMBAC?
Historically, people have been honoured with things made of valuable metals because it has been considered more respectful. All you fellows go to the trophy cases in your messes and report back to us how many trophies and nick knacks in there are made of TOMAC or any other base medal.
I appear have been accused of being averse to medals that aren't made of precious metal and that's hogwash. Any honours can be highly valuable beyond their metal value IF they carry some intrinsic value. A piece of a ship, wood from such and such building. Frankly I admire that type of thing more, but if we are designing a medal from scratch, let's make it of something that is meaningful and if there isn't any possibility of a metal that is significant for some reason, let's stay away from the cheap stuff. We are talking about honour here.
As for the Queen, well, either you supports 'em or you don't. I don't.