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Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition Commemorative, Victoria, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33433

Summary:
Australia Victoria
White metal commemorative medal from the International Exhbition, Melbourne 1880-1881
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: This medal was struck for sale to visitors to the exhibition. It features a view of the Exhibition Building as seen from the the south-east and on a portrait of Queen Victoria. 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:
A white metal medal (38 mm diameter) featuring a view of the Exhibition Building as seen from the the south-east and on the reverse an portrait of Queen Victoria facing left wearing a coronet
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 21.55 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, royal exhibition building
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: melbourne international exhibition 1880-1881
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1880 AD
Obverse Description: At centre within a broad rim a head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing coronet and with hair tied in a small bun behind. around on broad rim; THE VICTORIA MEDAL
Reverse Description: A view of the Exhibition Building as seen from the the south-east; INTERNATIONAL / EXHIBITION / 1880 MELBOURNE 1881 in the exergue with the make'rs name on the exergue line in small letters, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: THE VICTORIA MEDAL on wide rim aroun Queen's head
Reverse: INTERNATIONAL / EXHIBITION / 1880 MELBOURNE 1881
and the maker's name in small letters on the exergue line, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE
Material: White Metal
Issued By: Victoria, Australia, 1880
Mint: Stokes & Martin (Mint), Victoria, Australia, 1880
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1880
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Melbourne, 1882

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