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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Commemorative, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33436

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Australia Victoria Melbourne
International Exhibition Commemorative Medal 1888-9 (AD)
Other Details: An silver commemorative medal of the Centennial International Exhibition manufactured to sell to visitors as a memento (probably for adding to charm bracelet) featuring a view of the Exhibition Building as seen from the South East and the name of the exhibition within an olive wreath. 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 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.
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An silver medal of the Centennial International Exhibition featuring a view of the Exhibition Building as seen from the South East and the name of the exhibition within an olive wreath.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 16 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.83 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
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: melbourne centennial exhibition 1888-1889
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: View of the Exhibition Building as seen from the South East, in exergue, 1888
Reverse Description: Within an olive wreath, MELBOURNE / CENTENNIAL / EXHIBITION / 1888
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: 1888 in exergue (last figures poorly struck)
Reverse: MELBOURNE / CENTENNIAL / EXHIBITION / 1888
Material: Silver
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
References: Car. 188/20

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