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Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition Foundation Stone, Victoria, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 17923

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Melbourne International Exhibition Foundation Stone Medal 1880 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: McIntyre, John (Sir)
Other Details: This gold medal was issued to commemorate the laying of the Foundation Stone for the Melbourne Exhibition Building. It was given to John McIntyre, businessman and politician, who had lost the seat of Sandhurst just before the Exhibition. McIntyre had represented Victoria at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, partly to observe arrangements in order to assist Victoria to plan its own centennial celebrations. In 1880 and 1888 he was an ex-officio Commissioner for Melbourne's international exhibitions. Gold medals were distributed in February 1879, manufactured by the Melbourne Mint. The Mint also prepared two silver and ond bronze pieces for its own collection. 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.
A gold medal holed at obv. 09 with gold loop (worn as a fob-piece) it features a front view of the proposed Exhibition Building with the Southern Cross in the sky above right. The reverse gives the name J. McIntyre M.P., a Commissioner, and the date 19.2.79
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr J McIntyre, 1990
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Width with loop extended 27 mm

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Tagged with: exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: John McIntyre, Politician & Businessman (1832-1904), Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Ernst August Altmann, Jeweller & Engraver (circa 1850-1920), Branch Mints 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: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: melbourne international exhibition 1880-1881
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1880 AD
Obverse Description: Melbourne exhibition buildings with Southern Cross in sky to right; above, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, below, 1880/FOUNDATION STONE/COMMEMORATION MEDAL
Reverse Description: Within an olive wreath engraved: J. McIntyre M.P. Commissioner 19.2.79
Edge Description: Plain
Reverse engraved: J. McIntyre M.P. Commissioner 19.2.79
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1879
Mint: Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1879
Artist: Ernst Altmann, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1879
Awarded To: Sir John McIntyre - M.L.A., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1879
  1. [Article] Sharples, John. 1985. The 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition Foundation Stone Medal.
  2. [Book], Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Melbourne, 1882

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