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Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition, Bronze Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33454

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition Bronze Prize 1880 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to R. Shepherd
Other Details: This bronze medal was awarded to Richard Shepherd for his work as a juror at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition.The Exhibition ran from 1 October 1880 to 30 April 1881 (medal mentioned in Official Record, p.504). 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.
This bronze medal was awarded to Richard Shepherd for his work as a Juror at the 1880 Exhibition. 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
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 76 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100 g. 76 mm. was 3 inches

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Themes this item is part of: Harry Stokes, Medal Artist (circa 1840-?), Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, 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
Edge Description: R. SHEPHERD _ JUROR
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: Bronze
Issued By: Victoria, Australia, 1880
Mint: Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, Australia, 1880
Artist: Harry Stokes
Awarded To: Mr. Richard Shepherd, Australia, 1880

Juror at the Exhibition
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
  1. [Book], Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Melbourne, 1882


arthur walsh Posted on 10 May 2010 6:04 PM
i have a medal showing melb.exhibition building. reverse head of queen victoria.with
young victoria 1880. can you identify please
Discovery Centre Posted on 13 May 2010 11:34 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Arthur there are a number of iterations of this design, minted by either G. Hamilton or Stokes & Martin. Hundreds (possibly thousands) would have been produced as unofficial souvenirs. Many have holes in the top, which means they could be worn around the neck or on the lapel.
Discovery Centre Posted on 13 May 2010 11:38 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
You can view many examples of these medals in Australian Historical Medals by Leslie Carlisle pp37-38. Comparing these with your medal should help you to exactly identify it.
Derek Pimble Posted on 03 Jun 2010 8:07 PM
I am writing the history of my family's firm, Thomas Smith and Sons of Saltley Ltd, Birmingham.
Their catalogue shows that they were awarded a medal for the Melbourne Exhibition 0f 1880. They would have exhibited cycles, probably under the trade name 'Saltley'.
Can you give any information on their exhibit, and what type of medal was awarded ?
Discovery Centre Posted on 07 Jun 2010 2:06 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
The 1880 Official Record Containing Introduction History of Exhibition Description of Exhibition and Exhibits Official Awards of Commissioners and Catalogue of Exhibits lists Smith, T. & Sons, Birmingham as exhibiting ‘Bicycles, parts of bicycles, coach and railway wrenches, &c’ in Class 62 – Railway Apparatus. The company was awarded a Second Order of Merit (certificate) by Jury Section XXVII – Carriages, for Bicycle Fittings.
Margaret McLauchlan Posted on 15 Jun 2010 7:20 PM
I am also compiling a history of Thomas Smith & Sons of Saltley and the medals they won. Can you put me in touch with Derek Pimble as I am a descendant of William Smith, son of Thomas Smith the founder?
Derek Pimble Posted on 17 Jun 2010 2:04 AM
Thank you for the information regarding Thomas Smith and Sons of Saltley
There has also been a response from Margaret McLaughlan. How is it possible to make contact with her, as you don't pass on email addresses
Derek Pimble
Discovery Centre Posted on 17 Jun 2010 11:45 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, Derek and Margaret. As you've both indicated that you'd like to make contact, we've forwarded your respective email addresses. Enjoy!
John Le Cornu Posted on 16 Oct 2012 3:43 AM
FAO. Margaret McLauchlan. If you would kindly pass on my email address I will be able to give her valuable information regarding the history of Thomas Smith & Sons of Saltley.
Margaret McLauchlan Posted on 30 Apr 2013 8:40 AM
I've just read the comment by John Le Cornu re Thomas Smith & Sons of Saltley. Would you be able to pass on his email address to me asa he said he had valuable information about the firm.

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