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Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition, Prize Pattern, Victoria, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33456

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition Prize Plaster Obverse Pattern 1880 (AD)
Artist: Altmann, Ernst A

Other Details: This is the second original plaster for the obverse of the 1880 Melbourne International; Exhibition prize medal obverse. It features a bust of Queen Victoria, wearing small crown and veil facing left. The legend MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX runs around the rim and the artist's name, E.A. ALTMANN in in tiny letters on the truncation of the bust. Altman won the prize for designing the best medal, but it was considered too difficult for the Melbourne Mint to produce. For the reverse design see NU 20758; for Stokes competition entry see NU20384. The Melbourne International Exhibition ran from 1 October 1880 to 30 April 1881. The exhibition building that still stands was constructed for the occasion, designed by Joseph Reed and built by David Mitchell. Over 1.3 million people visited the exhibition at a time when Melbourne's population was only around 282,000.
Description:
Plaster for the obverse of the 1880 Melbourne International; Exhibition prize medal obverse. It features a bust of Queen Victoria, wearing small crown and veil facing left. The legend MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX runs around the rim and the artist's neme, E.A. ALTMANN in in tiny letters on the truncation of the bust.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 79 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 27.10 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Ernst August Altmann, Jeweller & Engraver (circa 1850-1920), Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne international exhibition 1880-1881
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1880 AD
Obverse Description: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX, Veiled head of Queen Victoria facing l., E.A.ALTMANN under neck truncation
Reverse Description: Plain
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX, Vieled head of Queen Victoria facing l., E.A.ALTMANN under neck truncation (obverse)
Material: Plaster
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880
Artist: Ernst Altmann, 1880
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Melbourne, 1882

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