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Medal - 50th Anniversary of Commonwealth of Australia Schools, Australia, 1951 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 42872

Summary:
Australia
50th Anniversary of Commonwealth of Australia Schools Medal 1951 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Awarded to: School Children of the Commonwealth of Australia
Other Details: Medal awarded to the school children of Australia in 1951 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Federation of Australia. The design was chosen after a competition, with the valuable cash prize of two hundred guineas. It was won by John Wolfgang Elischer for his depiction of a man hand-sowing wheat. The wheat has grown to represent the seven States of Australia on the other side of the medal. Elischer was an Austrian sculptor and an Associate of the Royal Academy.
This medal has a red white and blue ribbon and a bar inscribed SUNRAYSIA
Description:
Medal featuring man advancing right sowing seeds by hand; at left 1901, at right 1951 in tiny letters near ground right, J.W.E. (obverse)
At top a star; below, FIFTY YEARS / COMMONWEALTH / OF AUSTRALIA; below seven ears of wheat representing the States and Northern Territory (reverse)
Red white and blue ribbon and bar inscribed SUNRAYSIA
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 4 mm (Height), 87 mm (Width), 26 mm (Length), 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.15 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Height to top of ring 41 mm.

More information

Tagged with: australian federation 1901, school children, 1988
Themes this item is part of: John Wolfgang Elischer, Austrian Sculptor & Medallist (1891-1966), Childhood & Youth Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: education
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1951 AD
Obverse Description: Man advancing right sowing seeds by hand; at left 1901, at right 1951 in tiny letters near ground right the artist's initials, J.W.E.
Reverse Description: At top a star; below, FIFTY YEARS / COMMONWEALTH / OF AUSTRALIA; below seven ears of wheat representing the States and Northern Territory
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: 1901 1951
J.W.E.
FIFTY YEARS COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
SUNRAYSIA
Shape: Round with loop, bar and ribbon
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Amor (Mint)
Artist: John Elischer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1951
References: Car.1951/6

Comments

Kay MacArthur Posted on 23 Nov 2009 2:00 PM
Firstly, is our 1951 Commemorative Medallion valuable? Secondly, I notice you have no picture of it. Do you want me to scan it or something to send to you?
Discovery Centre Posted on 18 Dec 2009 4:35 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Kay. Unfortunately Museum Victoria cannot provide valuations of objects. Please see our Question of the Week information on obtaining valuations of coins. http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/discovery-centre-news/coin-valuations/

With regards to the image, we have not yet uploaded all images but this will be added soon
Ted Bennett Posted on 15 Mar 2010 10:24 AM
I also have one of these medalions and was wondering about the value
Discovery Centre Posted on 15 Mar 2010 4:21 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Ted - Unfortunately Museum Victoria cannot provide valuations of objects. Please see our Question of the Week information on obtaining valuations of coins. http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/discovery-centre-news/2009-archive/coin-valuations/
Tony Bambury Posted on 16 Apr 2010 11:11 PM
I have one of these in my possession. Am I able to find out if they came with a ribbon, if so what colour and design were they.
Discovery Centre Posted on 20 Apr 2010 2:05 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, Tony. These medals did indeed come with ribbons in red, white and blue. We are going to update the image at this site to include the ribbon and bar - watch this space!
clare Posted on 16 Dec 2012 7:53 PM
Who were the seven artists in various media invited to submit a work for the Jubilee Art Competition announced by Prime Minister Menzies in December 1950 as part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Federation in 1951.
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 Dec 2012 12:15 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Clare - a quick search on Trove revealed the answer to this; they were William Dobell, Ivor Hele, Charles Mere, Lyndon Dadswell, Hans Heysen, Lloyd Rees and D. Taylor Kelloch. You can read the article at Trove

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