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Medal - Products of New South Wales Exhibition, New South Wales, Australia, 1854 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20513

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Medal - Exhibition Silver Prize Medal Sydney 1854 (AD)
Products of New South Wales Exhibition
Mint: Wyon, London
Other Details: A large silver prize medal (72 mm) from dies cut by L.C. Wyon and struck at the Wyon mint in London. The designs were developed in Australia by T. Andrews and F.C. Terry of Sydney. The Products of New South Wales Exhibition was held to select New South Wales exhibits for the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1855. It opened at the Australian Museum on 14 November 1854. Silver medals were the first class awards. This medal was not issued.
Description:
A large silver prize medal (72 mm) depicting on the obverse a youthful New South Wales, holding a sheperd's crook being led by hand by Britannia, helmeted and holding a trident to be presented to France who is seated on a throne decorated with an eagle and holding a sceptre over her right shoulder. A kangaroo stands behind New South Wales watching the presentation. The reverse depicts scenes of life in New South Wales from the arrival of sailing ships, including mining, raising cattle and sheep, and harvesting wheat by hand.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 72 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 164.615 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: agriculture, allegorical art, exhibitions, mining
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Leonard Charles Wyon, Engraver (1826-1891)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1854 AD
Obverse Description: A youthful New South Wales, holding a sheperd's crook being led by hand by Britannia, helmeted and holding a trident to be presented to France who is seated on a throne decorated with an eagle and holding a sceptre over her right shoulder; around above, HIC LAURI DULCIOR USUS; in exergue in small letters the artist's name L.C.WYON.F and in larger letters the date of the Paris exhibition, MDCCCLV
Reverse Description: At centre within a beaded circle, PRODUCTS/OF/NEW SOUTH WALES/SYDNEY/1854/L.C.W. around, scenes of rural and mining activities, and ships under full sail entering the Heads
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: HIC LAURI DULCIOR USUS; in exergue ; L.C.WYON.F / MDCCCLV Allegorical figure of Australia being introduced to France by Britannia (obverse)
PRODUCTS / OF / NEW SOUTH WALES / SYDNEY / 1854 / L.C.W. Scenes of rural and mining activities, and ships entering the Heads (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1854
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1854
References: Hocking 6
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Davies, S. 1992. The 1854 Products of New South Wales Medal. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 6 (February)

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