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Medal - Victoria Industrial Society Prize, 1851 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 47529

First prize medal, gold, issued by Victoria Industrial Society.

The Victoria Industrial Society hosted annual Victorian Industrial Exhibitions. A Victorian Industrial Exhibition was held in Geelong 29-30 January 1851. Livestock, agriculture and wines were exhibited and prizes were awarded. The Victoria Industrial Society exhibitions were well-received and became an annual event.

This is the earliest known struck gold medal produced in Victoria.
Statement Of Significance:
This medal is significant as the earliest known struck gold medal produced in Victoria. It is earliest known prize medal issued by the Victoria Industrial Society, which played an important early role in holding industrial and agricultural exhibitions and awarded prizes for livestock, agriculture and wines.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 30 mm (Height), 25 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, agriculture, iconography, indigenous peoples, colonial produce
Themes this item is part of: Victoria Industrial Society, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: exhibition prizes
DateEra: 1851 AD
Obverse Description: Aborigine with spear, standing between a kangaroo and an emu.
Reverse Description: Inscribed 1st PRIZE / AWARDED / BY THE / VICTORIA / INDUSTRIAL / SOCIETY
Shape: Round with loop
Material: Gold
Awarded By: Victoria Industrial Society, Victoria, Australia, 1851


Douglas Wilkie Posted on 27 Oct 2013 3:37 PM
This medal was possibly made by silversmith Joseph Forrester, who had made similar pieces in Melbourne and Van Diemen's Land in preceding years.

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