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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Silver Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 17925

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Silver Prize1888 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: John McIntyre MLA
Artist: C.V.
Other Details: Silver prize medal awarded to John McIntyre MLA at the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition (Official Record, p.1103). As an MLA he was an ex officio Commissioner of the Exhibition. McIntyre had travelled to the Philadelphic Centennial Exhibiton in 1876, partly to observe arrangements so that he could make arrangements for Melbourne's own centenary. The 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 prize medal (51 mm diameter) featuring a veiled head of Queen Victoria awarded to John McIntyre M.L.A.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Sir John McIntyre - M.L.A., 1990
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 90.38 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, gold, wine
Themes this item is part of: John McIntyre, Politician & Businessman (1832-1904), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne centennial exhibition 1888-1889
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Crowned bust of Victoria left; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Within wreath of oak and wattle the Southern Cross; above ARTIBUS DIGNIS below, HONOR INSIGNIS; below wreath, MDCCCLXXXVIII
Edge Description: Impressed, JOHN MCINTYRE M.L.A.
Inscriptions: Eedge impressed: JOHN MCINTYRE M.L.A.
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), Victoria, Australia, 1888
Designer: George Anderson - Royal Mint, Melbourne
Engraver: Stokes & Martin (Mint)
Awarded To: Sir John McIntyre - M.L.A., Victoria, Australia, 1888
References: Car. 1888/8 in silver

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