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Medal - International Exhibition, Sydney, Commemorative, Evan Jones Mint, New South Wales, Australia, 1879 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20574

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Commemoration Medal 1879 Exhibition 1879 (AD)
Mint: Evan Jones
Other Details: A small silver medal (22 mm diameter) that has been holed off-centre. It features a profile portrait of Prince Albert, named 'the Good' by his devoted wife Queen Victoria, and a reference back to the first Internatioonal Exhibition in London in 1851 and a view of the Sydney Garden Palace. The example of this medal, illustrated by Carlisle, shows the same off-centre hole position, the reverse word COMEMORATION has the hole through the position of the missing M probably to hide the error. The Sydney International Exhibition was the first true international exhibition that an Australian colony had hosted. Previous exhibitions had been local or intercolonial. The International Exhibition was held in a purpose-built building at Inner Domain, featuring 15 acres of display area and a main dome 210 feet high. Four towers of this 'Garden Palace' provided spectacular views of the city and harbour, and the galleries were illuminated with stained glass skylights. The Exhibition was opened by His Excellency Lord Augustus Loftus on 17 September 1879, whose arrival in Sydney from England the previous month as the new Governor of New South Wales had been received with great enthusiasm. The Exhibition attracted over 1.1 million visitors, at a time when the population of New South Wales was 739,385. Awards for exhibitors were announced by the judges on the closing day, 20 April 1880. Gold, large silver, small silver and bronze medals and diplomas were awarded. About 7,554 awards were made. The exhibition was so popular that the government purchased many of the prize exhibits and set up the Technological, Industrial and Sanitary Museum, the grandparent of the Powerhouse Museum. The Garden Palace burned down in 1882.
Description:
A small silver medal (22 mm diameter) that has been holed off-centre. It features a profile portrait of Albert and a reference back to the first Internatioonal Exhibition in London in 1851 and a view of the Sydney Garden Palace. The example of this medal; illustrated by Carlisle shows the same off-centre hole position.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.45 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Evan Jones, Jeweller (1846-1917), HRH Prince Albert (1819-1861), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Wannenmacher Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1879 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Prince Albert facing right , around, ALBERT THE [G]OOD 1851
holed through G of GOOD
Reverse Description: View of the Garden Palace, around, COM[E]MORATION MEDAL N.S.WALES 1879.
Holed through the mis-spelling comemoration probably to hide the error.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
ALBERT THE GOOD/1851 Head of Prince Albert facing right holed through G of GOOD (obverse)
COMMEMORATION MEDAL/N.S.WALES 1879. Garden Palace (reverse)
Shape: Round with hole
Material: Silver
Issued By: Evan Jones (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879-1880
Mint: Evan Jones (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879
Person Depicted: HRH Prince Albert, England, Great Britain
References: Car. 1879/1
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Carlisle, Leslie J. 1978. Australia's First International Exhibition: Sydney 1879. Report of the Australian Numismatic Society. Yearbook No.3
  2. [Book], Robert Freestone, Roslyn Maguire, Peter Proudfoot, Colonial City, Global City: Sydney's International Exhibition 1879, Crossing Press, Darlinghurst, 2000
  3. [Book], Official Record of the Sydney International Exhibition, 1879, Sydney, 1881

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