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Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition, Silver Prize, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33451

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition Silver Prize 1880 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: C. Strachan
Other Details: This silver prize medal was awarded at the Melbourne International Exhibition to C. Strachan of St Kilda for his entry of model lifeboats in Jury Section XXX - Navigation (Official Record, p.455). The jury for this section failed to provide a detailed report - Superintendent of Juries and Awards J. Cosmo Newbery complained that 'I regret that the reports of the juries are on the whole so meagre, and, in many cases, altogether wanting' (p.16). 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.
Silver prize medal of the 1880 exhibition won by C. Strachan. 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 A CLOSED OLIVE WREATH and the artist's name H. STOKES in small letters at the bottom
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 91.85 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: 51 mm was 3 inches

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Tagged with: exhibitions, modelmaking
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), 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: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX . around veiled head of Queen Victoria, (obverse)
"VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" within wreath, below wreath in small letters, H.STOKES (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Australia, 1880
Mint: Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, Australia, 1880
Awarded To: C. Strachan, Victoria, Australia, 1880

Medal won for life boat models.
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
  1. [Book], Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Melbourne, 1882

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