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Medal - Coronation of King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra Commemorative, Specimen, Shire of Doncaster, Australia, 1902 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20243

Australia Victoria Doncaster
Coronation of Edward VII medal 1902 (AD)
Mint: Stokes
Proof-like specimen strike, not holed
Other Details: The coronation of Edward VII in 1902 prompted major celebrations in Australia. It was an opportunity for the new nation to reaffirm its pride at being a key member of the British Empire. Over 40 different medals were produced around Australia. This medal was issued by the Shire of Doncaster, and names A. Serbe as Shire President. August Zerbe had served as President previously, and was due to retire from the position in August 1902. The Shire of Doncaster was located east-north-east of Melbourne. It had only been declared 12 years before it issued this medal, although settlements had begun to develop along the Koonung Koonung Creek and other streams in the Doncaster area from the 1850s. Fruit growing developed as the basis for Doncaster's economy. In 1902 the Shire included four churches, two state schools, three hotels, a bank and a post office. It had a population of 1,037 living in 215 houses, and covered 13 and a half square miles. Doncaster did not develop as a residential area until the 1960s and 70s.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Height), 27 mm (Width)
Weight: 8.71 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, king edward vii coronation 1902, royal coronations
Themes this item is part of: August Zerbe, President, Shire of Doncaster, Victoria, Municipality of Doncaster, Victoria, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH Edward VII (1841-1910), HM Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: royal coronations
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1902 AD
Obverse Description: At centre, within line circle conjoined busts of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra; around, EDWARD VII AND ALEXANDRA 0; below, CROWNED 26 JUNE / 1902.
Struck on a shield shaped flan with a crown and loop at the top
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
Shape: shield
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1902
Commissioned By: Shire of Doncaster, Doncaster, Victoria, Australia, 1902
Person Named: Mr. August Zerbe - Shire of Doncaster, Doncaster, Victoria, Australia, 1902

Named as Shire President on medal
Person Depicted: King Edward VII
Person Depicted: HM Queen Alexandra
References: Car. 1902/29
  1. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  2. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.

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