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Medal - Tennyson Prize, University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1900 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34813

Australia South Australia Adelaide
Tennyson Medal for English Literature, University of Adelaide Prize c. 1912 (AD)
Mint: Wyon, London
Other Details: In 1900 Hallam, 2nd Baron Tennyson (son of the Poet Laureate) presented the sum of £100 to the University of Adelaide to provide medals as awards for English Literature at the Public Examinations. The gift provided for the award of a gold medal for Leaving Honours standard, and silver medals each for Leaving and Intermediate standard examinations. The awards continue to be made. The portrait of Alfred Lord Tennyson seems to be derived from the frontispiece of The Death of ?none, Akbar's Dream, and Other Poems (1892).
An unissued specimen silver prize medal (28 mm diameter) featuring a profile bust of 1st Baron Tennyson, Poet Laureate.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 24.40 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, education, english language, poetry, poets
Themes this item is part of: Allan Wyon, Engraver (1843-1907), Public Life & Institutions Collection, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, Williamstown Rifle Range, Victoria, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: education prizes
Series: Australian Prize Medals
DateEra: 1900 AD
Obverse Description: Profile bust of Alfred Lord Tennyson with the artist's name A. Wyon in small letters behind
Reverse Description: At centre within olive wreath, SOUTH / AUSTRALIA; around, TENNYSON MEDAL FOR ENGLISH LITERATURE
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: in tiny letters the artists name, A. WYON
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1900
Mint: Wyon (Mint), London, England, Great Britain, 1900
Artist: Allan Wyon, London, England, Great Britain, 1900
Person Depicted: Baron Alfred Tennyson, Australia, circa 1892
Sponsor: Baron Hallam Tennyson, South Australia, Australia, 1900


Peter Lane Posted on 15 Feb 2012 12:04 PM
I have come accross a note written by Harry P. Gill Hon Curator Art Gallery [SA] dated 11 Feb 1902 'I have the honor to report that His Excellency, Lord Tennyson, has presented your collection of coins & medals a gold Tennyson Medal. This original gold medal struck in & forwarded His Excellency from London. ...' This suggest it was struck in London probably the Tower Mint. How do know yours was struck by Stokes?
gorge orwell Posted on 30 Jan 2015 10:09 AM
this was really helpful thx I am trying to get this award in 2016 so I will continue studding hard

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