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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, Bronze Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35018

This Prize Bronze medal from the 1888 Melbourne Centennial Exhibition was awarded to J Pender of Tinning Street, Brunswick, for his exhibit of horse nails in the 'Cutlery, Hardware, Ironmongery, etc' category, Jury Section 11, at the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition (Official Record, p.1054).

The 1888 Melbourne 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 5000 sang music old and new, and 500,000 people attended symphony concerts. There were over 3000 paintings on display, including works by artists like JMW 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.
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: blacksmiths, exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, 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
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
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. PENDER
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Designer: George Anderson - Royal Mint, Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Engraver: Stokes & Martin (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Awarded To: Mr. J Pender, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria, 1888
Place & Date of Event: Exhibition: 1888 Centennial, Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
References: Car. 1888/8 bronze

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