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Medal - Abstinence Society, Australia, circa 1885 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20240

This is a general purpose medal of the Australian Abstinence movement. It was minted by Stokes & Martin, circa 1885.

Several organisations in nineteenth century Victoria were established to promote temperance, oppose the extension of hotel licences, and educate children and adults about the dangers of alcohol. They included the Order of the Sons of Temperance, the International Order of Good Templars and the Band of Hope.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 19.90 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: temperance movements
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: societies
Series: Australian Temperance Medals
DateEra: circa 1885 AD
Obverse Description: At centre within triangle a radiate six-point star; around on triangle, LOVE PURITY & FIDELITY
Reverse Description: Within wreath of roses entwined with ribbon bearing the words HEALTH INNOCENCE PEACE, and below clasped hands, I DO AGREE / TO ABSTAIN / BY GODS HELP / FROM ALL / INTOXICATING / LIQUORS / AS A / BEVERAGE. At base of wreath the artist's initials T S
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: White metal
Issued By: Abstinence Society, Australia, circa 1885
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Australia, circa 1885

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