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Medal - Victorian Exhibition Commemorative, Stokes & Martin, Victoria, Australia, 1872 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18569

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne Victorian Exhibition Commemorative 1872 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: This medal commemorates the opening of the exhibition on 6 November 1872. It was struck by the Melbourne firm Stokes and Martin with a medal press they set up to demonstrate medal making at the 1872-73 Victorian Exhibition. The Exhibition was held 6 November 1872 - 8 January 1873.
Description:
A white metal commemorative medal (48 mm. diameter). Around the edge on a broad rim is the legend MEDAL STRUCK TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING OF THE VICTORIAN EXHIBITION. At the centre within a wreath is STOKES AND MARTIN MEDALISTS MELBOURNE 1872. On the reverse, a classical female figure representing the Colony of Victoria extending a victory wreath. Around her are the symbols of trade, industry and agriculture, the basis of Victoria's wealth. Below this in small letters is the maker's name STOKES AND MARTIN MELBOURNE.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 47 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 45.24 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions, iconography
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1872 AD
Obverse Description: Around the edge on a broad rim is the legend MEDAL STRUCK TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING OF THE VICTORIAN EXHIBITION. At the centre within a wreath is STOKES AND MARTIN MEDALISTS MELBOURNE 1872
Reverse Description: A classical female figure representing the Colony of Victoria extending a victory wreath. Around her are the symbols of trade, industry and agriculture, the basis of Victoria's wealth. Below this in small letters is the maker's name STOKES AND MARTIN MELBOURNE.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: MEDAL STRUCK TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING OF THE VICTORIAN EXHIBITION * STOKES & MARTIN MEDALISTS MELBOURNE 1872
Reverse: STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE
Shape: round
Material: White metal
Issued By: Stokes & Martin (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1872
Mint: Stokes & Martin (Mint), 1872
References: Car.1872/3
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Official Record: Containing Introduction, Catalogues, Reports and Recommendations of the Experts..., London, 1873

Comments

Marilyn Hutchinson Posted on 07 Apr 2011 3:47 PM
I have one of these medals although it does not look white now. I am a descendant of the Martin family. Would love any detail re the company.
Discovery Centre Posted on 09 Apr 2011 12:15 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Marilyn! The links you'll see above on the right hand side to "Themes" include histories of Stokes and Son, including the period of partnership with Martin.

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