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Medal - University of Sydney Prize, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1900 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20524

Australia New South Wales Sydney
Medal - University of Sydney Small Bronze Prize c. 1900 (AD)
Mint: Sydney
Other Details: This bronze University of Sydney Prize medal was minted around 1900. It was not issued. The University of Sydney was established in 1850 to promote useful knowledge and to encourage the residents of New South Wales to pursue a regular course of liberal education. Teaching began in 1852 with a Faculty of Arts degree which required three years' study of Greek, Latin, Maths, and Science. In this critical period, the University's growth was hampered in several ways. Secondary education was very little developed in the colony, and the program provided did not encourage further study, so it was 30 years before an annual enrolment at the University reached 100. The University developed strongly in the 1890s as a result of several generous public donations and increased government funding.
An unissued specimen bronze prize medal (42 mm diameter) featuring the Shield of the University.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 39.86 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: education
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, Allan Wyon, Engraver (1843-1907), Public Life & Institutions Collection, University of Sydney, New South Wales, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: education prizes
Series: Australian Prize Medals
DateEra: circa 1900 AD
Obverse Description: At centre, University Crest with motto below on ribbon SIDERE MENS EADEM MVTATO; artist's name., A.WYON in tiny letters beside shield; around on broad rim, + UNIVERSITY : OF : SYDNEY : NEW : SOUTH : WALES
Reverse Description: Above an open olive wreath, PRIZE MEDAL
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mint: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch
Artist: Allan Wyon
Commissioned By: University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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