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Medal - Membership, League of Victorian Wheelmen, Victoria, Australia, 1898-1899 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34521

Summary:
Australia Victoria
Membership Badge 1898 - 1899 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: The cycle racing craze of the 1890s saw the replacement of the penny-farthing as the racing cycle of choice by cycles of a more modern appearance. In 1891 the Exhibition Buildings constructed the colony's main cycle racing track where the entrance foyer of Museum Victoria now stands. Two years later the League of Victorian Wheelmen was established, and became the governing body of the sport. Its mission was 'to advance racing and touring and the trade of cycling in all the lands under the Southern Cross'. 'We firmly believe that cycling has a great future (with the) beautiful models of perfection as (we seen in) the bicycle of the present day world. (We) anticipate the pleasures extending (and) advocate sweeping away the terms amateur and professional' (Australian Cyclist Journal 7 September 1893).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Albert Lindblade, 1966
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Width), 22 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: cycling, sport
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, League of Victorian Wheelmen
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: sport
Series: Membership
DateEra: 1898-1899 AD
Obverse Description: Bicycle wheel with tyre enameled dark red, wings from hub support '1898.9'; below on ribbon, 'LEAGUE OF / VICTORIAN WHEELMEN'.
Reverse Description: Pin clip for wearing, stamped, '425'.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
A bicycle wheel with tyre enameled dark red, wings from hub support 1898.9; below on ribbon, LEAGUE OF / VICTORIAN WHEELMEN (obverse)
Pin clip for wearing, stamped, 425 (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Silver and Enamel
Issued By: League of Victorian Wheelmen, Victoria, Australia

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