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Medal - Australian Bicentenary Schools Medal, Australia, 1988 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 48213

Summary:
Cupro-nickel medal commissioned by the Commonwealth of Australia to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary in 1988, designed by Michael Meszaros and M. Tracey and minted by the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.

This medal was presented to school children to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. The obverse was designed by Melbourne artist Michael Meszaros and depicts school children climbing steps with the Southern Cross in the sky and the word 'EDUCATION' below. The reverse, designed by M. Tracey, features the Bicentennial logo, a map of Australia formed by intersecting diagonal lines.
Description:
A cupronickel medal struck by the Commonwealth at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra for distribution to school children to commemorate the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. The medal obverse was designed by the Melbourne artist Michael Meszaros and depicts school children climbing steps with the Southern Cross in the sky and the word EDUCATION below. The reverse features the Bicentennial logo, a map of Australia formed by diagonal lines.
Statement Of Significance:
For over half a century, sculptors Andor (1900-1973) and Michael (1945- ) Meszaros have created medals that reflect the high points of life in Australia. From major awards and portraits of eminent Australians to artwork celebrating popular culture and the natural world, these objects illuminate our culture and history. Grounded in a centuries-old European art tradition, the medals create connections across disciplines and link such diverse subjects as scientific advances, religious themes, sport, the performing arts and motherhood. Through their public and private commissions and their personal artworks, the Meszaros sculptors have defined the modern Australian medal.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Australian Mint, 1988
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 40 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 26.76 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: australian bicentenary 1788-1988, celebrations, school children, medals
Themes this item is part of: Michael Meszaros, Sculptor & Medal Artist (1945-), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Andor Mészáros, Medal Artist (1900-1972), Royal Australian Mint, Deakin, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Meszaros Medals Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: bicentenary of australia
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1988 AD
Obverse Description: Students, the youngest, on the lowest steps, accompanied by parents, walking up steps towards Southern Cross; below, EDUCATION
Reverse Description: At centre Bicentennial map of Australia logo; around above, AUSTRALIAN BICENTENARY 1788 - 1988
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Copper Nickel
Issued By: Australian Commonwealth Government, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1988
Mint: Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1988
Artist: Michael Meszaros, Kew, Victoria, Australia, 1988
Bibliography:
  1. [Catalogue] Sharples, John P. 1990. Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition.
  2. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1986. Michael Meszaros: The Man and his Medals. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 2: 4-24.

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