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Medal - Edmond Halley, Museum Victoria, Australia, 1986 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20132

Summary:
Australia
Medal - Museum Victoria Comet Halley, 1986 (AD)
Mint: Hafner Mint
Other Details: Manufactured by the Museum Board to commemorate Comet Halley, sold at various events arranged. This is one of many medals produced in Australia to celebrate the return of Halley's Comet in 1986. The comet is named after Edmond Halley because he foretold its return in 1758 and every 75 years thereafter. The period of its orbit is by coincidence close to that of a human lifetime, perhaps explaining why this, among all comets, is the most famous.
Description:
A silver plated commemorative medal (32 mm diameter) featuring a bust of Edmund Halley and a comet image drawn from an ancient Roman coin.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.44 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: astronomy, halley s comet, museum history
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Emil Hafner, Engraver (circa 1920s- ), Edmond Halley, Astronomer (1656-1742)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: astronomy
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1986 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Halley, facing right; above, EDMOND HALLEY below, MUSEUM OF VICTORIA , under l. shoulder HAFNER
Reverse Description: Depiction of comet with COMET HALLEY across, above, AUSTRALIA; below, 1986
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: EDMOND HALLEY MUSEUM OF VICTORIA HAFNER
Reverse: AUSTRALIA COMET HALLEY 1986
Shape: Round
Material: Gold-plated
Issued By: Museum Victoria, Australia
Mint: Hafner (Mint), Eltham, Victoria, Australia, 1986
Person Depicted: Edmond Halley, Australia, 1986
References: Carlisle 1986/36

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