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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Silver Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35631

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Silver Prize1888 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: Rees Davies, Superintending Engineer of the Building
Artist: C.V.
Other Details: 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.
Description:
A silver prize medal (51 mm diameter) featuring a veiled head of Queen Victoria awarded to Rees Davies, Superintending Engineer of the Exhibition.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 89.63 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne international centennial 1888-1889
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, 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 bust of Victoria left; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Within wreath of oak and wattle the Southern Cross; above ARTIBUS DIGNIS below, HONOR INSIGNIS; below wreath, MDCCCLXXXVIII
Edge Description: Impressed, REES DAVIES ESQ.
Inscriptions: Edge impressed: REES DAVIES ESQ.
Obverse: CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse: ARTIBUS DIGNIS HONOR INSIGNIS MDCCCLXXXVIII
Material: Silver
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), Victoria, Australia, 1888
Designer: George Anderson - Royal Mint, Melbourne
Engraver: Stokes & Martin (Mint)
Awarded To: Rees Davies, Victoria, Australia, 1888
References: Car. 1888/8 in silver

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Michelle Dupont Posted on 02 Sep 2013 2:29 PM
could you please tell me how many of these medals were made?

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