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Medal - Commemorative, Vacuum Oil Co, Victoria, Australia, 1935 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33131

Summary:
Australia Victoria
Vacuum Oil Company
40th Anniversary 1895 - 1935 1935 (AD)
Mint: Stokes
Other Details: This commemorative medal was issued in 1935 by the Vacuum Oil Company to commemorate 40 years in business in Australia. The medal features the Roman god Mercury and depicts improvement in transport - from horse-drawn carts and penny-farthing cycles to modern cars and aircraft. The medals were struck by the private Melbourne mint Stokes. In 1895 the Vacuum Oil Company became the first oil company established in Australia, less than 30 years after Vacuum first started operations in the United States. Prior to this other brands of oil based products were marketed by overseas companies through their Australian agents. In March 1904 Vacuum Oil was officially incorporated under Victorian Law as a proprietary company. In the 1930s Vacuum's American parent company, Vacuum Oil Inc., merged with the Standard Oil Company of New York to become Socony Vacuum, then Socony Mobil. It eventually became Mobil Corporation.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 69 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: >100 g.

More information

Tagged with: advertising, oil companies, cans
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Vacuum Oil Company, Australia, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: manufacturing & industry
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1935 AD
Obverse Description: Mercury running right; in field, PRO[G]RESS figure covers most of "G"; lower left, horse drawn carriage and penny-farthing bicycle; lower right, car and plane; around, VACUUM OIL COMPANY FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY; 1895 1935
Reverse Description: Within a wreath of wings which meet at the base at a wheel and letter V; BY / STEADFASTLY HOLDING / TO ITS IDEAL OF NATIONWIDE / SERVICE TO AGRICULTURE / INDUSTRY AND TRANSPORT / FOR 40 YEARS, THE VACUUM / OIL etc
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Mercury running right; in field, PRO[G]RESS figure covers most of "G"; lower left, horse drawn carriage and penny-farthing bicycle; lower right, car and plane; around, VACUUM OIL COMPANY FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY; 1895 1935 (obverse)
Within a wreath of wings which meet at the base at a wheel and letter V; BY / STEADFASTLY HOLDING / TO ITS IDEAL OF NATIONWIDE / SERVICE TO AGRICULTURE / INDUSTRY AND TRANSPORT / FOR 40 YEARS, THE VACUUM / OIL etc(reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Vacuum Oil Co. Pty Ltd, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, 1935
Commissioned By: Vacuum Oil Co., 1935
References: Car. 1935/7

Comments

sal Posted on 28 Jun 2014 2:47 AM
During fifties at the age of 10 i pumped lots of benzene at vacuum oil pump which later turned to Mobil gas.I still remember those pencils and eraser promotions.It was selling at 1/3pence a gallon. Also engine oil grade AA BB IN QUART AND PINT bottles

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