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Medal - Anzac, Education Department Schools, Australia, 1916 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33108

Anzac Day school children's medal, issued in 1916. The medal was struck by the Education Department of Victoria for distribution to school children in 1916 to commemorate the first anniversary of Anzac day. The Anzac forces first landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
Mint: Stokes & Sons.
Obverse has the head of George V. Reverse has 'ANZAC' within wreath.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 56 mm (Height), 27 mm (Width)
Weight: 9.77 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Height is with ribbon extended but top fold not straightened

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Tagged with: anzac day, commemorations, school children, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Education Department of Victoria
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative medals
DateEra: 1916 AD
Obverse Description: Head of George V facing left, mint initials on truncation, S&S; around above, FOR KING AND COUNTRY
below, * 1916 *
Reverse Description: Within wreath, ANZAC; around above, DEPT. OF EDUCATION . VICTORIA
around below, . LEST WE FORGET . 25 APRIL 15 .
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Education Department of Victoria, Australia, 1916
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1916
Commissioned By: Education Department of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1916
Person Depicted: HM King George V, 1916
References: Car. 1916/2
  1. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983


greg talbot Posted on 15 Nov 2009 11:01 AM
hi i was just wondering if this medal is
rare as you do not have a image
1916 dept edu vic anzac medalion
Discovery Centre Posted on 17 Dec 2009 12:10 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, thanks for your question. We've referred your question to one of our History & Technology staff for their advice. We’ll get back to you soon with some more information.
Discovery Centre Posted on 22 Dec 2009 12:00 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Greg - We passed your question to the Collection Manager for this area, who tells us that these medals are not rare, as they were struck for distribution to school children.
max crane Posted on 04 Feb 2010 1:32 PM
Was this made in silver as i have one
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Feb 2010 2:55 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Max, thanks for your enquiry. We have checked Australian Historical Medals, 1788-1988 by Leslie J. Carlisle, and this medal was produced in bronze, silvered, gilded, and silver. They were sold through schools on behalf of the War Relief Fund.
arend Posted on 02 Oct 2012 8:49 PM
i just found one today on a relic and coin hunt at an old farm site in cranbourne vic along with 7 pennys
Raymond McQueen Posted on 20 Apr 2015 3:16 PM
Your summary statement for this medal is not strictly accurate:- i.e.
"Anzac Day school children's medal, issued in 1916. The medal was struck by the Education Department of Victoria for distribution to school children in 1916 to commemorate the first anniversary of Anzac day."
According to the Documents and Records Manager of the Victorian Department of Education, "...in 1914 the Victorian Department of Education established a Patriotic Fund to assist with the war effort. In 1916 the executive committee of the Patriotic Fund had ANZAC medallions specially designed and made for sale through schools. In 1916the sale of these medallions made #2,578 [Australian Pounds].
(Pers. comm. from Graeme Tucker, 19/03/2008)

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