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Medal - HMAS Sydney, Sinking of the Bartolomeo Colleoni, New South Wales, Australia, 1940 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35229

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
HMAS Sydney Sinking the Bartolomeo Colleoni 1940 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Other Details: This is an example of the medal awarded to the Captain and crew of HMAS Sydney on 11 February 1941 when the ship returned to Australia after war service in the Mediterranean. It had recently sunk the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni. When sailing off the coast of Western Australia later the same year the Sydney was sunk by a German raider with the loss of all 645 aboard. Most of the medals were lost also.
Description:
Silver medal
View of H.M.A.S. Sydney in battle steaming fast toright with guns firing, in the background the Bartolomeo Colleoni is burning and sinking on the horizon
Between two laurel wreaths, the top joined by an anchor with crown and star, the legend: PRESENTED BY / THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY / TO CAPTAIN J.A. COLLINS C.B.,R.A.N. / THE OFFICERS AND SHIP'S COMPANY / H.M.A.S. SYDNEY / IN COMMEMORATION OF THEIR GALLANT FIGHT / AGAINST SUPERIOR SPEED AND WEIGHT OF / ARMAMENT, WHICH RESULTED IN THE SINKING / OF THE ITALIAN CRUISER / BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI / IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SAE / JULY NINETEEN / 1940
Edge inscribed THE CAPTAIN EACH OFFICER AND EACH MEMBER OF SHIP'S COMPANY RECEIVED ONE OF THESE 11:2:41
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 58 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 70.02 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, charlie world war 2 sailed out around 1942 from sydney harbour
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales, The Royal Australian Navy
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1940 AD
Obverse Description: Between two laurel wreaths, the top joined by an anchor with crown and star, the legend: PRESENTED BY / THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY / TO CAPTAIN J.A. COLLINS C.B.,R.A.N. / THE OFFICERS AND SHIP'S COMPANY / H.M.A.S. SYDNEY / IN COMMEMORATION OF THEIR GALLANT FIGHT / AGAINST SUPERIOR SPEED AND WEIGHT OF / ARMAMENT, WHICH RESULTED IN THE SINKING / OF THE ITALIAN CRUISER / BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI / IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA / JULY NINETEEN / 1940
Reverse Description: View of H.M.A.S. Sydney in battle steaming fast toright with guns firing, in the background the Bartolomeo Colleoni is burning and sinking on the horizon
Edge Description: Inscribed THE CAPTAIN EACH OFFICER AND EACH MEMBER OF SHIP'S COMPANY RECEIVED ONE OF THESE 11:2:41
Inscriptions: (edge) Inscribed THE CAPTAIN EACH OFFICER AND EACH MEMBER OF SHIP'S COMPANY RECEIVED ONE OF THESE 11:2:41
The legend: PRESENTED BY / THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY / TO CAPTAIN J.A. COLLINS C.B.,R.A.N. / THE OFFICERS AND SHIP'S COMPANY / H.M.A.S. SYDNEY / IN COMMEMORATION OF THEIR GALLANT FIGHT / AGAINST SUPERIOR SPEED AND WEIGHT etc. (obverse)
View of H.M.A.S. Sydney in battle. (reverse)
Material: Silver
Issued By: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940
Mint: Amor (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940
References: Car.1940/2

Comments

Craig Hopkins Posted on 12 Dec 2013 12:49 PM
Some of the crew of HMAS Sydney missed out on being presented with their medallions. A number of the crew were sent on draft to commission the N class destroyers. My late father LES Hopkins went to the Nizam.

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