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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, Silver Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35692

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Silver 1888 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: The Training College
Other Details: Silver medal awarded to the Training College at the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition. The 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 imerial 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.
Description:
A silver prize medal of the 1888 Melbourne International exhibition awarded to The Training College of the Education Department. It features a crowned and veiled bust of Queen Victoria facing left; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE; and, within wreath the Southern Cross; above, ARTIBUS DIGNIS; below, HONOR INSIGNIS; below wreath, M DCCCLXXXVIII Tiny initials CV below ribbon on wreath
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Education Department of Victoria, 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 52 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 90.103 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: education, exhibitions, teachers
Themes this item is part of: 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
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne centennial exhibition 1888-1889
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Crowned and veiled bust of Queen Victoria left; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Within wreath the Southern Cross; above, ARTIBUS DIGNIS; below, HONOR INSIGNIS; below wreath, M DCCCLXXXVIII Tiny initials CV below ribbon on wreath
Edge Description: THE TRAINING COLLEGE
Inscriptions: Edge: THE TRAINING COLLEGE
Obverse: CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse: ARTIBUS DIGNIS HONOR INSIGNIS M DCCC LXXXVIII Tiny initials CV below ribbon on wreath.
Material: Silver
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Designer: George Anderson - Royal Mint, Melbourne
Engraver: Stokes & Martin (Mint)
Awarded To: Education Department of Victoria Training College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
References: Car. 1888/8 in silver

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