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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Commemorative, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20395

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Commemorative 1888
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: This medal was produced as a memento of a visit to the exhibition. It has subsequently had a pin attached so that it could be worn. The 1888 Centennial International Exhibition, celebrating a century of Australian settlement, surpassed even the grand scale of the1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. It attracted over two million people, but the Victorian government had to spend £250 000 on it, ten times the amount estimated. The exhibition had a distinctively imerial focus, and a greater emphasis on culture than in 1880, particularly on music and painting. A choir of five thousand sang music old and new, and half a million people attended symphony concerts. There were over three thousand paintings on display, including works by artists like J.M.W. Turner and C. Lutyens. The Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens was lit inside and out by electric lights, claimed to be the largest installation of arc lighting in the world.
A silver medal with pin soldered to reverse) from the Centennial International Exhibition, Melbourne 1888. It features a view of the Exhibition building and an Australian shield surrounded by flags of six visiting nations below a rising sun.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.50 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: pin protrudes 4 mm from side of medal

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Tagged with: exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: melbourne centennial exhibition 1888-1889
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: A view of the Exhibition Building from the south-east, in exergue, EXHIBITION / MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Below a rising sun an Australian shield surrounded by the flags of six attending nations, pin attached at 03 and catch at 09.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: EXHIBITION / MELBOURNE
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
References: Car.1888/7

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