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Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition, Silver Prize, J. Walker, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33452

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition Silver Prize 1880 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: J. Walker
Other Details: This silver prize medal was awarded to J. Walker of Emerald Hill for his entry of tools and cutlery at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. The prize was awarded in the category 'Inlaying Tools, Cutlery, and Small Tools', in Jury Section XXVIII - Railways, Mining, and Metallurgy (Official Record, p.452). The 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.
Silver prize medal of the 1880 exhibition won by J. Walker. It features a head of Queen Victoria facing left wearing coronet and veil by Harry Stokes (name on truncation), with the legend MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX : The reverse has the legend "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" within an olive wreath and the artist's name H. STOKES in small letters at the bottom
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 92.08 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: 51 mm was 3 inches

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Tagged with: cutlery manufacturing, exhibitions, tool making
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Engineering Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), 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: Head of Queen Victoria, wearing small crown and veil left; around, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX .
Reverse Description: Within closed wreath, "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES"; below in small letters, H. STOKES
Inscriptions: Obverse: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX . around veiled head of Queen Victoria
Reverse: "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" within wreath, below wreath in small letters, H.STOKES
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Australia, 1880
Mint: Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, Australia, 1880
Awarded To: Mr. J. Walker - Emerald Hill Toolls and Cutlery, Emerald Hill (South Melbourne), Victoria, Australia, 1880
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
  1. [Book], Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Melbourne, 1882


C. Hakvoort Posted on 25 Jun 2013 11:31 PM
We own the same silver medal/coin. Do you know how many have been made?

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