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Medal - Museum Victoria, Edmond Halley, Museum of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1986 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 36479

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal, Museum of Victoria Halley's Comet, 1986 (AD)
Mint: Hafner Mint
Designer: John Sharples
Engraver: Emil Hafner
Other Details: A small number (25 ?) of pewter medals were produced as VIP gifts from the museum. This is one of many medals produced in Australia to celebrate the return of Halley's Comet in 1986. The comet is named after Halley because he foretold its return in 1758 and every 75 years thereafter. The period of its orbit is by coincidence close to that of a human lifetime, perhaps explaining why this, among all comets, is the most famous.
Description:
Bust of Halley facing right, around above, EDMOND HALLEY; below, MUSEUM OF VICTORIA
in small letters near the back of the truncation the atrist's name, HAFNER
At the centre a dot representing the comet, radiate with the top beam surrounded by the comet-tail at sides, COMET HALLEY; above, AUSTRALIA; below, 1986
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.65 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Stored in blue box

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Tagged with: halley s comet, museum history
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Edmond Halley, Astronomer (1656-1742)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: astronomy
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1986 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Halley facing right, around above, EDMOND HALLEY; below, MUSEUM OF VICTORIA
in small letters near the back of the truncation the atrist's name, HAFNER
Reverse Description: At the centre a dot representing the comet, radiate with the top beam surrounded by the comet-tail at sides, COMET HALLEY; above, AUSTRALIA; below, 1986
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: Bust of Halley facing right, around above, EDMOND HALLEY; below, MUSEUM OF VICTORIA
in small letters near the back of the truncation the atrist's name, HAFNER
Reverse: At the centre a dot representing the comet, radiate with the top beam surrounded by the comet-tail at sides, COMET HALLEY; above, AUSTRALIA; below, 1986
Edge: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Pewter
Issued By: Museum of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1986
Commissioned By: Museum of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1986
Person Named: Edmond Halley
References: Carlisle 1986/36

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