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Medal - Melbourne Exhibition Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1854 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34980

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Melbourne 1854 Exhibition Prize Medal 1854 (AD)
Mint: Royal Mint London
Awarded to: J. H. Kerr
Other Details: A bronze prize medal (64 mm diameter) awarded to J. H. Kerr from Bendigo by the Melbourne 1854 Exhibition. Entries from Bendigo were alloted a seperate class, VIII, and all given 373 as their entry number for Melbourne. They were entries in a preliminary exhibition to select material for Melbourne, which in turn was to select entries for the 1855 Paris Exhibition. This medal was awarded for an entry of: 1. Gypsum from Loddon River; 2. Skin of Emu; 3. Skin of Opossum on Bark; 4. Skins of Opossums worked by Aboriginies; 5. Iron Ore; 6. Shields, Loddon Tribe; 7. Waddies; 8. Kangaroo Rat Skins, used in Corrobberys; 9. Boomerangs, Loddon and Murray Tribes; 10. Native Tomahawks; 11. Native Boy's Play Sticks; 12. Native Grass wrought by Lubras; 13. Native Drawings on Bark; 14. Spears; 15. Emu Feathers used in Corrobberys; 16. Spear Throwers; 17. Kangaroo Rat Bag. (from 1854 catalogue p.35). The Exhibition opened on 17 December 1854 and ran for 30 days. Around 40,000 people attended - half of Melbourne's population. The exhibition building, at the site of the later Royal Mint in William Street, was based on the design of the Crystal Palace in London, which had hosted the Great Exhibition only three years earlier, in 1851.
Description:
A bronze prize medal (64 mm diameter) awarded to J. H. Kerr from Bendigo by the Melbourne 1854 Exhibition. It features a view by J.S. Wyon, whose name appears at the top right of the exergue, of the specially built exhibition building as it would have been seen from the Flagstaff Gardens together with an allegorical scene of a miner presenting a large gold nugget, a shepherd presenting a sheep and a farmer bearing a wheat sheaf to Britannia seated facing right and holding a trident in right hand and resting arm on a shield decorated with the Union Jack. The scene is framed by a tree and the Southern Cross is in the sky above Britannia.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 64 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100 g - Dia 600

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Tagged with: exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: John Hunter Kerr, Farmer & Artefact Collector (1801-?), Public Life & Institutions Collection, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne exhibition 1854
Series: Australian Exhibition Prize Medals
DateEra: 1854 AD
Obverse Description: At centre, a view of the specially built exhibition building by J.S. Wyon, whose name appears at the top right of the exergue, as it would have been seen from the Flagstaff Gardens; above, MELBOURNE EXHIBITION; in exergue: VICTORIA / 1854 and in small letters, J.S.WYON SC.
Reverse Description: Scene of a miner presenting a large gold nugget, a shepherd presenting a sheep and a farmer bearing a wheat sheaf to Britannia seated facing right and holding a trident in right hand and resting arm on a shield decorated with the Union Jack. The scene is framed by a tree and the Southern Cross is in the sky above Britannia.
Edge Description: Impressed; PRIZE MEDAL * 373 * J.H. KERR (BENDIGO) * NATIVE WEAPONS & NATURAL HISTORY *
Inscriptions: Edge: Impressed; PRIZE MEDAL * 373 * J.H. KERR (BENDIGO) * NATIVE WEAPONS & NATURAL HISTORY *
Obverse: MELBOURNE EXHIBITION above the Exhibition building, in exergue: VICTORIA/1854 J.S.WYON SC.
Reverse: no inscription
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1854
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Artist: Joseph Wyon
Awarded To: John Kerr, 1854
References: Car. 1854/2
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Official Catalogue of the Melbourne Exhibition, 1854, in Connection with the Paris Exhibition, 1855, Melbourne, 1855

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