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Medal - Antarctic Research Expeditions, Department of Science, Commonwealth of Australia, Australia, circa 1977 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34879

Summary:
Australia Antarctica
Medal - Antarctic Research Expeditions, Mawson, Davis, Casy Department of Science c. 1977
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Awarded to: Not issued
Other Details: Medal awarded to members of Antarctic Research Expeditions to Mawson, Davis or Casey bases. The Australian Antarctic Territory was formally declared in 1933. In 1947 the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions was established to plan and co-ordinate Antarctic exploration and research. Until 1958 all members of an Australian expedition who wintered on the Antarctic continent were awarded the Imperial Polar Medal. Awards were given on a team basis. When it assumed responsibility for the Antarctic Division in 1968, the Department of Supply decided that those who wintered over should receive individual recognition. An exclusive Departmental award, the Antarctic Service Medallion (known unofficially as the Winterer's Medal) was conceived. The first style of the medallion with a certificate was awarded for service at one of the Antarctic continental stations from 1968. The first issue of medallion for the years 1968, 1969 and 1970 was distributed in August 1971. Thereafter the medallions were usually brought by ship with the changeover staff and handed over by the Voyage Leader during the changeover ceremony. The medallions, made by the Royal Australian Mint, are issued in a fitted presentation case with the Australian Coat-of-Arms on the front. It was decided in 1997 to award this medallion retrospectively to those Winterers who had previously received no recognition either by way of an Imperial Polar Medal or an Antarctic Service Medallion.
Description:
A bronze medal 54 mm diameter) depicting a globe showing Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Commonwealth of Australia Department of Science, 1977
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 54 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 78.21 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: antarctic exploration, antarctic research, casey base antarctica, davis base antarctica, mawson base antarctica
Themes this item is part of: Antarctica Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Royal Australian Mint, Deakin, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: antarctic exploration
Series: Australian Research Medals
DateEra: circa 1977 AD
Obverse Description: At centre the Australian Coat of Arms, around, * COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA * DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE . ANTARCTIC DIVISION
Reverse Description: Art centre a globe showing Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand; around, * AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ANTARCTIC RESEARCH EXPEDITIONS * MAWSON . DAVIS . CASEY ; in small letters the artist's initials, V.V.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE ANTARCTIC DIVISION
Reverse: AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ANTARCTIC RESEARCH EXPEDITIONS MAWSON DAVIS CASEY V.V.
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Commonwealth of Australia Department of Science, Australia, circa 1977
Mint: Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Artist: Mr. Vanbola Veinberg - Amor (Mint)

Initials 'V.V.' appear on the reverse.

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