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Medal - Joseph Banks Memorial Lecture, Royal Society of Tasmania, Australia, 1988 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34808

Summary:
Australia Tasmania
Royal Society of Tasmania Medal - 1988 Joseph Banks Memorial Lecture
A cast bronze medal of irregular shape with intertwined branches and leaves linking obverse and reverse. It was produced in 1988 for the Joseph Banks Memorial lecture and features a bust of Banks, the H.M.S. 'Beagle' under sail, and flowers and a lizard. It was designed by well-known Australian sculptor Stephen Walker, reknowned for his interest in nature. Banks was an English botanist who was the first to describe many Australian species; the 'Beagle' was the ship of Charles Darwin, author of the 'Origin of Species'. The Royal Society of Tasmania was founded in 1843 as the Botanical and Horticultural Society of Van Dieman's Land. In 1911 the Society was incorporated and renamed The Royal Society of Tasmania. The Tasmanian Museum and Botanical Gardens were originally part of the Society, but were transferred to the Crown in 1885. The Royal Society of Tasmania supports the advancement of knowledge.
Description:
A cast bronze medal of irregular shape aproximating a circle and with intertwined branches and leaves linking obverse and reverse. It was produced in 1988 for the Joseph Banks Memorial lecture and features a bust of Banks facing 3/4 left; and H.M.S. Beagle under sail away to right with flower behind and lizard below.
Discipline: Numismatics
Weight: 51.06 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Stephen Walker, Sculptor (1927-?), Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Joseph Banks, Botanist (1743-1820)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: natural sciences
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1988 AD
Obverse Description: At centre within border of leaves and nuts, a bust of Banks facing 3/4 left; around, incuse, Sir Joseph Banks 1988 memorial lecture
Reverse Description: At centre, within border of leaves, H.M.S. Beagle under sail away to right with flower behind and lizard below; around, incuse, THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TASMANIA
Edge Description: Intertwined branches and leaves linking obverse and reverse
Inscriptions: Obverse At centre within border of leaves and nuts, a bust of Banks facing 3/4 left; around, incuse, Sir Joseph Banks 1988 memorial lecture
Reverse: At centre, within border of leaves, H.M.S. Beagle under sail away to right with flower behind and lizard below; around, incuse, THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TASMANIA
Edge: Intertwined branches and leaves linking obverse and reverse
Shape: off-round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: The Royal Society of Tasmania, Australia, 1988
Artist: Mr Stephen Walker, Tasmania, Australia, 1988
Commissioned By: The Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1988

A card in the box of issue states this medal to be No.75 of 150 cast.
Person Named: Sir Joseph Banks

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