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Medal - Burke & Wills, Victoria, Australia, 1864 Reg. No: NU 20096
Burke & Wills medal
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.
|Dimensions:||38 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||24.75 g (Weight)|
|Dimension Comment:||medal holed and plugged|
|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)|
|Tertiary Classification:||australian exploration|
|Obverse Description:||At centre, image of Burke & Wills sculpture; around above, BURKE & WILLS|
|Reverse Description:||Around: 'IN COMMEMORATION OF AUSTRALIA BEING FIRST CROSSED'
in centre in eight lines; BY / BURKE / WILLS / KING / AND GRAY / IN / 1861
|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.