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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, Bronze Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33458

International Exhibition Bronze Prize Medal, 1888 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: J. Edwards and Son
Other Details: An bronze prize medal awarded to J. Edwards and Son at the Centennial International Exhibition. J. Edwards and Son won a prize in Class 64 - Navigation and Life Saving, no.1300, for 'racing boats, canoes, oars, sculls, etc' (Official Catalogue, p.621) and a bronze medal for 'boats and oars' in Jury Section 44 - Navigation, Ship-building and Life-preserving (p.1073). James Edwards and Sons [sic] operated a boat-building company in Melbourne from around 1868, based at Princes Bridge and up to two other sites. The business also won a silver medal at the 1880-1 Melbourne International Exhibition for his display of racing boats (NU 35635) and a certificate for his display of rowlocks. James Edwards - probably the same person - also won a silver medal at the 1881 Adelaide Exhibition for his sculls. The company continued until about 1939.

The 1888 Centennial International Exhibition, celebrating a century of Australian settlement, surpassed even the grand scale of the1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. It attracted over two million people, but the Victorian government had to spend £250 000 on it, ten times the amount estimated. The exhibition had a distinctively imperial focus, and a greater emphasis on culture than in 1880, particularly on music and painting. A choir of five thousand sang music old and new, and half a million people attended symphony concerts. There were over three thousand paintings on display, including works by artists like J.M.W. Turner and C. Lutyens. The Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens was lit inside and out by electric lights, claimed to be the largest installation of arc lighting in the world.
The bronze medal of the Centennial International Exhibition featuring a bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing crown and veil and a Victor's wreath of wattle and oak around the Southern Cross and the motto in Latin "To the deserving arts, distinguished honour". The medal is housed in its original presentation box.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 115 mm (Width), 105 mm (Length), 76 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100 g case dimensions give above

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Tagged with: boatbuilding, exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: J. Edwards & Son, Boat Builders, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection, J. Edwards & Son, Boat Builders, Melbourne, Victoria, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch 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 centennial exhibition 1888-1889
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing crown and veil ; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Around below wreath, MELBOURNE MINT MDCCCLXXXVIII STOKES AND MARTIN SC.
within wreath around Southern Cross, ARTIBUS DIGNUS HONOR INSIGNIS
Edge Description: Impressed: J. EDWARDS AND SON
Inscriptions: Crowned bust of Queen Victoria left, around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE (obverse)
At centre a poorly formed southern cross; around, ARTIBUS DIGNIS HONOR INSIGNIS; around is a wreath of wattle and oak leaves; below, MDCCCLXXXVIII (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), 1888
Designer: George Anderson - Royal Mint, Melbourne
Engraver: Stokes & Martin (Mint)
Awarded To: J. Edwards & Son, Boat Builders, 1888
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
References: Car. 1888/8 bronze

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