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Medal - National Agricultural Society of Victoria, Commemorative, Victoria, Australia, 1883 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33171

Summary:
Australia
Medal - National Agricultural Society of Victoria Commemorative, 1883 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: Medal issued by the National Agricultural Society of Victoria (now known as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria) perhaps to commemorate the first Melbourne Show held at the Ascot Vale site. The Society was formed in 1870 from the Port Phillip Farmers' Society. Farmers' societies were formed with the intention of improving agricultural practices to meet the needs of a steadily increasing Australian population. The newly formed National Agricultural Society of Victoria set up a new show site at Emerald Hill in South Melbourne. The show moved to Ascot Vale in 1883, where shows are held to this day.
Description:
A gilt bronze medal (22 mm diameter) set with four arms of a cross the top of which has a loop and ring attached - probably originally had piece of ribbon through which it could be pinned to clothing. The central medal features the heads of a bull, ram and horse in three circles with bunch of grapes, wheat sheaf and plough between and an Australian shield, the arms have been engraved with floral designs.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 52 mm (Height), 38 mm (Width)
Weight: 16.38 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Height is with loop extended

More information

Tagged with: agricultural shows, agriculture, mining, royal melbourne show
Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, National Agricultural Society of Victoria
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1883 AD
Obverse Description: At centre an Australian Shield quartered bu broad cross bearing the five stars of the Southern Cross; the quarters contain a sailing ship, golden-fleece, mining tools and a sheaf of wheat; around, THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA . 1883 . Soldered to this are four arms to form a cross theses are engraved with floral designs.
Reverse Description: The heads of a bull, ram and horse in three circles with bunch of grapes, wheat sheaf and plough between.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA 1883
Shape: Cross & loop
Material: Gilt Bronze
Issued By: National Agricultural Society of Victoria, Australia, 1883
Commissioned By: National Agricultural Society of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1883
References: See the Victorian Heritage Register web site http://www.doi.vic.gov.au/doi/hvolr.nsf for further information on the showgrounds at Ascot Vale. See also the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds Act 2003, at http://www.dms.dpc.vic.gov.au/sb/2003_Act/A01247.html.
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1962. 'Australiana' No.1. Australian Numismatist. 17 (4)

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