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Medal - International Exhibition, London, Services, England, Great Britain, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 22427

Great Britain London
London Exhibition Services Medal 1862 (AD)
Mint: Wyon
Awarded to: Barry, Redmond (Sir)
Other Details: International Exhibition, London, Services medal, issued in 1862. The International Exhibition was held in South Kensington, London, 1 May - 15 November 1862. Barry's role as Commissioner for the exhibition was marred by mishaps and disappointments.
The medal for Services of the London 1862 International Exhibition (bronze, 55 mm diameter) awarded to Sir Redmond Barry. It features William Wyon's portrait of Queen Victoria
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 55 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Canning Indian Mutiny Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), William Wyon, Medallist & Engraver (1795-1851), Redmond Barry, Judge (1813-1880), William Wyon, Medallist (1795-1851)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: public service
Series: British Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1862 AD
Obverse Description: Head of Queen Victoria facing left wearing coronet, around, HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA; and in small letters on the truncation the artist's name, W. WYON R.A.
Reverse Description: Around a wreath of oak, INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1862; within, FOR SERVICES
Edge Description: Impressed, SIR REDMOND BARRY
Inscriptions: Obverse: HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA; and in small letters the artist's name, W. WYON . A
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: London, England, Great Britain, 1862
Artist: William Wyon - Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1862
Awarded To: Sir Redmond Barry, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria


Michael Savell Posted on 13 May 2010 8:45 PM
We have a bronze medal awarded to J Bennett Class XV from the 1862 London Exhibiton in its original case. I wonder whether you can tell us a bit more about it and who J Bennett was.
Thank you
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 May 2010 11:21 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Michael, The State Library of Victoria holds the 1862 Exhibition catalogue, we can tell you that as the award was for Class XV, J Bennett was obviously a watch or clock maker as Class XV was for Horological instruments.
Raymond Mitzel Posted on 17 Jun 2010 4:36 AM
We have a small (22 mm) coin, token, or medal. The obverse shows a neckline-up profile of a young Victoria without crown, hair gathered behind her head, facing left, with her titles "H.M.G.M. QUEEN" (left) and name "VICTORIA" (right). The reverse shows "THE EXHIBITION BUILDING" ... "OPENED MAY 1" ... ""1862" above an image of the structure, with specifications below: "LENGTH 1200 F: WIDTH 700 F" ... "HEIGHT 100 F:" ... "NAVE 85 F: WIDE." ... "COST L 500 000." (where "L" = pounds). The orientations of the obverse/reverse are the same. The color is silver - to- nickel with a bronze tint. Regret if the dimensions are off (the numbers are hard to read due to ware). Due to the lack of a "denomination" or "value" indication, was this an item of memorabilia? Was it available at the Exposition, for sale at the time, or produced later to honor the event? What would it have cost at that time?
Discovery Centre Posted on 26 Jun 2010 12:14 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Raymond, the medal you have described would have been a souvenir, produced for sale at the exhibition. Unfortunately we do not know what they cost at the time or how many were minted. Perhaps try contacting the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

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