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Medal - Coronation of King Edward VII & Queen Alexandra Commemorative, Specimen, Mayor of Melbourne, Australia, 1902 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20250

Summary:
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 Melbourne City Council and names Samuel Gillott as Mayor. Gillott was a lawyer and politician who had recently enjoyed hosting the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to Melbourne. With the advent of Federation, Melbourne was in the spotlight in 1901. Gillott entertained his royal guests lavishly, and in return was given the title 'lord mayor' and a knighthood.
Proof-like specimen strike, not holed.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Height), 27 mm (Width)
Weight: 8.62 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: architecture, celebrations, king edward vii coronation 1902, royal coronations, town halls
Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH Edward VII (1841-1910), HM Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Samuel Gillott, Mayor, City of Melbourne, Victoria (1838-1913), 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'; below, 'CROWNED . 9 . AUG. / 1902'.
Struck on a shield shaped flan with a crown and loop at the top.
Reverse Description: At centre, view of Melbourne Town Hall, above, 'PRESENTED BY / SIR SAMUEL GILLOTT'.
Nothing in exergue.
Edge Description: Plain.
Inscriptions: (edge)
(obverse)
(reverse)
Shape: shield
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1902
Commissioned By: Sir Samuel Gillott - Melbourne City Council, 1902
Person Depicted: King Edward VII
Person Depicted: HM Queen Alexandra
References: Car. 1902/32
Bibliography:
  1. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.

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