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Medal - Horticultural Society of New South Wales, Bronze Prize, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1860 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20575

Australia New South Wales
Horticultural Society of New South Wales Bronze Prize c 1860 (AD)
Mint: Thornthwaite
Awarded to: Not issued
Other Details: Horticultural Society of New South Wales bronze prize medal. The medal was not issued. Agricultural and horticultural societies aimed to promote agriculture in the colony; to improve farmers' skills and equipment; to diversify production; to improve plant and animal stock; to publish information gathered; to maintain links with societies and agriculturalists overseas; to present trophies and awards to encourage improvements; and to hold annual fairs. Horticultural societies were particularly interested in plant exchanges and propagation.
A bronze prize medal (62 mm. diameter) struck for the Hortocultural Society of New South Wales by the Sydney private mint of J.C. Thornthwaite. This example has not been engraved with a winners name. It features a staghorn plant.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 62 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100 g

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Tagged with: agricultural shows, agriculture, staghorns
Themes this item is part of: Horticultural Society of New South Wales, 1822-1836, John Craven Thornthwaite, Token Maker & Medalist, Sydney, New South Wales (1820-?), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Agricultural Medals
DateEra: circa 1860 AD
Obverse Description: At centre a Staghorn; around, HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY NEW SOUTH WALES; across PERSISTERE EST PROSPERARE; in small letters on either side of the word SOUTH, THORNTHWAITE SYDNEY
Reverse Description: Within a wreath of canes, PRESENTED/TO (space for name of winner)
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Horticultural Society of New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia
Mint: John Thornthwaite, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1860

A similar medal, dated 1868, was produced for the visit of Prince Albert (Car. 1868/4).
References: See Car. 1868/4 but this is the standard prize medal without the commemorative legend.

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