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Medal - Burke & Wills, Victoria, Australia, 1864 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20096

Burke & Wills medal
1861 (AD)
Mint:Thomas Stokes
Other Details: Thomas Stokes struck this medal about 1864 to commemorate the 1861 Burke and Wills expedition. The medal appears to be based on the famous sculpture by Charles Summers in 1864-5, and may in fact commemorate the sculpture rather than the expedition itself. The medal was struck on the aging W.J. Taylor press that Stokes had bought in 1857.
Previous Collections: NGV.88, found in Seal Cabinet in Library, transferred to National Gallery before 1922 (listed by Chitty that year), transferred to Science Museum 1976.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 24.75 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: medal holed and plugged

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Tagged with: australian exploration, burke wills expedition 1860-1861
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Flagstaff Observatory, 1858-1863, Thomas Stokes, Token & Medal Maker (1831-1910)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: australian exploration
Series: Commemorative
DateEra: 1864 AD
Obverse Description: At centre, image of Burke & Wills sculpture; around above, BURKE & WILLS
in centre in eight lines; BY / BURKE / WILLS / KING / AND GRAY / IN / 1861
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Shape: Round
Material: White metal
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Thomas Stokes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1861
Person Depicted: Robert Burke
Person Depicted: William Wills
Person Named: Mr John King
Person Named: Charles Gray
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1922-1976

NGV 88. Found in Seal Cabinet of Public Library and transferred to National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) before 1922 (listed by Chitty that year). Transferred to Science Museum on Victoria, 1976.
References: Car 1861/1
  1. [Catalogue] Sharples, John P. 1990. Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition.


Gretchen Butlin Posted on 26 Jun 2010 5:23 PM
I have this medal in my small coin collection it is in better condition then the one you show in the photograph. Is there anyway l can find out if this medal has a value and if so should it be insured. I would really appricate some feed back if you are able to help.

Kind regards

Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Jun 2010 12:14 PM
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Hi Gretchen. For advice on obtaining coin valuations, please see our Question of the Week on the subject at: http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/discovery-centre-news/2009-archive/coin-valuations/

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