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Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition, Gold, Victoria, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20225

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition Gold 1880 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: Vale, W. M. K. Treasurer of the Exhibition for services
Other Details: This gold medal was awarded in 1880 at the Melbourne International Exhibition to the Hon. William M.K. Vale, M.P, J.P., Treasurer of the Exhibition Commission and chairman of its manufacturers' committee (Official Record, p.xvii and xxi). Vale was a barrister at the Victorian Supreme Court and a politican recently elected to the seat of Fitzroy. The folliwng year he became Attorney-general and Minister for Justice. Vale was also a bookseller and an advocate of protection as the basis for social progress. He supported public education and technical training for workers. The Melbourne International Exhibition ran from 1 October 1880 to 30 April 1881. The exhibition building that still stands was constructed for the occasion, designed by Joseph Reed and built by David Mitchell. Over 1.3 million people visited the exhibition at a time when Melbourne's population was only around 282,000.
Gold medal awarded to Hon. W.M.K. Vale for services as Treasurer to the Exhibition Commission. It features a head of Queen Victoria facing left wearing coronet and veil by Harry Stokes (name on truncation), with the legend MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX : The reverse has the legend "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" WITHIN A CLOSED OLIVE WREATH and the artist's name H. STOKES in small letters at the bottom
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 51.01 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, royal exhibition building
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), William Mountford Kinsey Vale, Politican (1833-1895)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne international exhibition 1880-1881
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1880 AD
Obverse Description: Veiled head of Queen Victoria left; around, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX .
Reverse Description: Within wreath, "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" below wreat in small letters, H.STOKES
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX . around veiled head of Queen Victoria, (obverse)
"VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" within wreath, below wreath in small letters, H.STOKES (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Awarded To: Honourable William Vale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880

Treasurer to the 1880 Exhibition Commission
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
  1. [Book], Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Melbourne, 1882

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