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Medal - Melbourne Exhibition Commemorative, Victoria, Australia, 1854 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20169

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne 1854 Exhibition Tin Commemorative
Mint: Kangaroo Office
Other Details: This medal (38 mm diameter) was struck with tin from the Ovens River at the 1854 Melbourne Exhibition on a coin press brought to Australia by Reginald Scaife as part of the Kangaroo Office gold token venture. The medal features a view of the 1854 Exhibition Building which had been constructed on the site which would become the Mellbourne Mint in 1872. This medal was struck from the first die and has the characteristic die crack from near the top corner of the front flag on the building. The reverse offers the motto "The harvest of thy yesterday, the seed corn of thy tomorrow" in a floral wreath. The Exhibition opened on 17 December 1854 and ran for 30 days. Around 40,000 people attended - half of Melbourne's population. Melbourne erected its own first exhibition building for the occasion, at the site of the later Royal Mint in William Street. The design was based on that of the Crystal Palace in London, which had hosted the Great Exhibition only three years earlier, in 1851. Melbourne's exhibition building had 200 ornamental windows and was lit by 306 gaslights. The exhibition included a modest 428 exhibits, mainly local industrial and agricultural products. Some of these exhibits went to Paris for the 1855 Exhibition.
Description:
A tin medal (38 mm diameter) featuring a view of the front and side of the building with two flags flying, around above, MELBOURNE EXHIBITION; in exergue, 1854 / STRUCK IN THE BUILDING; the artist's name, W, BARKLEY is in small letters at the top left of the exergue. The reverse has the motto, THE HARVEST OF / THY YESTERDAY, / THE SEED CORN OF / THY MORROW; within a froral wreath and below a bunch of corn-ears held together by a ribbon.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 17.77 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne 1854, australian native flowers
Themes this item is part of: Kangaroo Office Mint, Melbourne, Victoria, 1854-1857, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Reginald Scaife, Kangaroo Office, Melbourne, Victoria
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: melbourne exhibition 1854
Series: Exhibition
DateEra: 1854 AD
Obverse Description: At centre, a view of the front and side of the building with two flags flying, around above, MELBOURNE EXHIBITION; in exergue, 1854 / STRUCK IN THE BUILDING; the artist's name, W, BARCLAY is in small letters at the top left of the exergue. The reverse has
Reverse Description: At centre within a froral wreath and below a bunch of corn-ears held together by a ribbon the motto, THE HARVEST OF / THY YESTERDAY, / THE SEED CORN OF / THY MORROW;
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: edge: Plaiin
obverse: MELBOURNE EXHIBITION above building; 1854 / STRUCK IN THE BUILDING in exergue, ; the artist's name, W, BARKLEY is in small letters at the top left of the exergue
reverse:THE HARVEST OF / THY YESTERDAY, / THE SEED CORN OF / THY MORROW; within a froral wreath
Material: Tin
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1854
Mint: Kangaroo Office (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1854
Company Manager/Director: Reginald Scaife - Kangaroo Office

Manager of the Kangaroo Office, he set his coiniung press up in the Exhibition and manufactured these medals.
Artist: Mr. William Barclay - Kangaroo Office, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1854
References: Car. 1854/3
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Greg McDonald, Collecting and Investing in Australian Coins and Bank Notes, Umina Beach, NSW, 1991
  2. [Article] Sharples, John. 1988. 'The Kangaroo Office': A Nineteenth Century 'Sting'. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 4: 29-37.
  3. [Book], Official Catalogue of the Melbourne Exhibition, 1854, in Connection with the Paris Exhibition, 1855, Melbourne, 1855

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