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Medal - Universal Exhibition, Paris, France, 1867 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 22428

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Medal - Universal Exhibition, Paris Prize 1867 (AD)
Mint: Paris
Awarded to: von Mueller, Ferdinand (Baron)
Other Details: In the second half of the 19th century, many Victorians participated in international exhibitions to promote export of their products. Sir Redmond Barry led a Victorian delegation to Paris in 1867, and was awarded this medal. Barry is best remembered for his remarkable influence on the cultural life of Victoria through his role as founder of both the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Public Library, now the State Library of Victoria. He also founded or helped to found the Athenaeum, the Melbourne Club, the Philharmonic Society, the Royal Society of Victoria and the Melbourne Hospital.
A silver prize medal (50 mm diameter) awarded to Baron Ferdinand von Mueller featuring a laureate head of Napoleon III and details on the exhibition and prize
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 50 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 65.64 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Botanist & Explorer (1825-1896)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: French Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1867 AD
Obverse Description: Laureate head of Napoleon III facing left, around, NAPOLEON III EMPERUR an in small letters below the head the artist's name H. PONSCARME F.
Reverse Description: Around on a broad rim formed by a line and bead circle, EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE MDCCCLXVII A PARIS * RECOMPENSES *; at centre, FERDINAND MULLER (sic)
Edge Description: Impressed ARGENT (beside a small bee)
Inscriptions: Obverse: NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR an in small letters the artist's name H. PONSCARME F.
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Paris, France, 1867
Artist: H Ponscarme - Paris Mint, France, 1867
Awarded To: Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1867
Person Depicted: Napoleon III, France, 1867
References: A certificate for the Silver Medal is at the Melbourne Botanic Garden - Prof . R. W. Home Dec 2005.


Holly Fisher Posted on 29 May 2014 4:11 AM
There is a medal on the inside of a bank vault manufactured by the New Britain Bank Lock Company in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The medal is as described above but instead of RECOMPENSES * FERNINAND MULLER it says GRAND-PRIX. I'm curious about it. It has been cut in half(?) so both sides are visible and mounted on the inside door. I would attach photos if I could.
Holly Fisher Posted on 29 May 2014 4:16 AM
The vault is stamped with the dates it was patented in 1866&7 it says.

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