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Medal - Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia, Melbourne, Australia, 1866-1867 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20809

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Artist's pattern for Medal - Melbourne 1866 Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia
Artist: Charles Summers
Manufacturer: W. Calvert
Other Details: 648 medallions were produced to be awarded to exhibits of excellence at the Intercolonial Exhibition and an additional 50 for special merit. This medal is sealed in a domed glass covered, circular cedar frame. The medal itself is standard bronze finish like the issued pieces, but the lettering is primative suggesting an early artist's model and the date 1866 rather than the 1866-67 eventually used. The simply finished exergue legend reads INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION / VICTORIA / 1866. The prize medals as eventually adopted had this in a single line curved around below a space where the winners name was stamped or commissioners details engraved.. A second example of this form, gilt and mounted in a rectangular picture frame is also held. (Both were listed by Chitty in 1920 neither with acquisition details). The Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia was held on the site of the Public Library, in new wings that eventually became the site of the Industrial and Technology Museum in 1870, a forerunner to the National Museum of Victoria. The Exhibition covered 56,240 ft. The majority of the 2,956 exhibitors were Victorian, but the other Australian states also contributed significantly; displays were also mounted by exhibitors from New Zealand, New Caledonia, Netherlands-India and Mauritius. The Exhibition opened on 24 October 1866 closed on 23 February 1867. A total of 268,634 people attended.
Description:
Inside a circular cedar frame with convex glass cover the bronze medal features on the right, the personification of Victoria, standing facing left and holding palm in left hand while receiving her "six sisters" who each bring a contribution; Behind Victoria is a Lion's head perhaps representing one of the lions that flanked the Museum (where the Exhibition was held). Behind the 'six sisters' an ancient ship's prow. Around above, hand engraved, the Latin FACIES NON OMNIBUS UNA NEC DIVERSA TAMEN QUALEM DECET ESSE SORORUM [translates as: "They all look different and yet alike : as sisters would"]. The exergue legend reads in three lines INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION / VICTORIA / 1866. The frame is of simpler form than the type eventually used for the issued medals of the exhibition. The artist's and manufacturers names are not included on this trial but do occur on the issued medals.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 285 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions, museum history
Themes this item is part of: Charles Summers, Medal Maker (1827-1878), Public Life & Institutions Collection, William Calvert, Printer & Publisher (circa 1820s-?)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: exhibition prizes
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1866-1867 AD
Obverse Description: On the right, the personification of Victoria, standing facing left and holding palm in left hand while receiving her "six sisters" who each bring a contribution; Behind Victoria is a Lion's head perhaps representing one of the lions that flanked the Museum (where the Exhibition was held). Behind the 'six sisters' an ancient ship's prow. Around above, hand engraved, the Latin FACIES NON OMNIBUS UNA NEC DIVERSA TAMEN QUALEM DECET ESSE SORORUM [translates as: "They all look different and yet alike : as sisters would"]. This medal is sealed in a circular wooden frame with convex glass cover. The exergue legend reads in three lines INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION / VICTORIA / 1866.
Reverse Description: Plain
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: FACIES NON OMNIBUS UNA NEC DIVERSA TAMEN QUALEM DECET ESSE SORORUM around above design
INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION / VICTORIA / 1866. in exergue
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Australia, 1866
Artist: Charles Summers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1866
Manufacturer: William Calvert, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1866
References: A further publication titled Intercolonial Exhibition, 1866. Official Catalogue, is available at Museum Victoria library.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia, Melbourne, 1866-67: Official Record, Melbourne, 1867

Comments

G kook Posted on 26 Jan 2012 11:15 PM
I have one of these medals which was awarded to Benjamin Greening
C. Leslie Posted on 07 Feb 2012 5:20 PM
I have one of these which was awarded to my great grandfather JJ Leslie, also a silver medal awarded in 1866 in Sydney.
Peter Mutch Posted on 19 Mar 2012 1:16 PM
I have one of these medals awarded to Edward McEncroe. I do not know what the award was for but would like to know if there is any such record. Thank you.

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