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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, Gold Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 16451

Gold prize medal awarded to the Education Department at the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition in Melbourne. The Education Department won a gold medal in four categories: for the organisation of state elementary education and school buildings, for apparatus and kindergarten appliances, for the kindergarten system and for pupils' work.

The Exhibition, celebrating a century of Australian settlement, surpassed even the grand scale of the1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. It attracted over two million people, but the Victorian government had to spend £250 000 on it, ten times the amount estimated. The exhibition had a distinctively imperial focus, and a greater emphasis on culture than in 1880, particularly on music and painting. A choir of 5000 sang music old and new, and 500,000 people attended symphony concerts. There were over 3000 paintings on display, including works by artists like JMW Turner and C Lutyens. The Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens was lit inside and out by electric lights, claimed to be the largest installation of arc lighting in the world.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Education Department of Victoria
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 45.871 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Box size 65*65*20

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Tagged with: education, exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Prize Medals, Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, 1888, 1888 Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Medals, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne centennial exhibition 1888-1889
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Crowned and veiled bust of Queen Victoria left; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Within wreath the Southern Cross; above, ARTIBUS DIGNIS; below, HONOR INSIGNIS; below wreath, M DCCCLXXXVIII Tiny initials CV below ribbon on wreath
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Designer: George Anderson - Royal Mint, Melbourne
Engraver: Stokes & Martin (Mint)
Awarded To: Education Department of Victoria Training College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria, 1888
Place & Date of Event: Exhibition: 1888 Centennial, Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
References: Car. 1888/8 in gold

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