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Medal - Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Bronze Prize, Australia, 1877 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20917

Summary:
Australia Victoria Warrnambool
Medal - Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association Bronze Prize c. 1875 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne
Other Details: This medal was prepared for the Annual Show of the Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association at Warrnambool in 1877, but details of an award have not been entered on the obverse. Reverse die cut by Julius Hogarth. The Association was established by at least 1859, and serviced a wide region bounded by the coastline west of Melbourne, extending from Cape Otway almost as far as Portland. Like contemporary agricultural societies, it would have provided support to rural communities, encouraged the improvement of agricultural practices, held annual shows and competitions and exposed farmers to new technologies.
Description:
An unissued bronzed proof-like strike of the prize medal (38 mm diameter) featuring a horse, bull, sheep, wheat-sheaf, plough scarifier and scythe. The lettering on the obverse is in an unusual script with the letter 'e' looking much like a 'r'. The edge is stamped with details of the Show for which this piece was prepared.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 28.02 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: agricultural shows, agriculture
Themes this item is part of: Julius Hogarth, Jeweller & Medal Maker (1820-1879), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Victoria, Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Victoria, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Agricultural Prize
DateEra: 1877 AD
Obverse Description: The lettering on the obverse is in an unusual script with the letter 'e' looking much like a 'r'. Around rim, Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association +
Reverse Description: At centre, a horse, bull, sheep, wheat-sheaf, plough scarifier and scythe; in exergue, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE
The artist's initials IH are hidden below the bull's hind leg.
Edge Description: Stamped: ANNUAL SHOW WARRNAMBOOL. 10 OCT. 1877
Inscriptions: Obverse: Villirrs & hrytrsbury Agricultural Association (Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association)
Reverse: STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE IH
Edge: ANNUAL SHOW WARRNAMBOOL. 10 OCT. 1877
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Australia, 1877
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Victoria, Australia, 1877
Artist: Julius Hogarth, Australia
Commissioned By: Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association, Victoria, Australia, 1877

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Guthrie Boyd Posted on 28 Jul 2013 5:44 PM
I have my great grandfathers medal inscribed winning the 1st prize for harness at Warrnambool in 1875.

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