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Medal - HMAS Sydney, Sinking of the Bartolomeo Colleoni, New South Wales, Australia, 1940 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 38490

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
HMAS Sydney Sinking the Bartolomeo Colleoni 1940 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Other Details: This is an example of the medal awarded to the captain and crew of HMAS Sydney on 11 February 1941 when the ship returned to Australia after war service in the Mediterranean. It had recently sunk the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni. When sailing off the coast of Western Australia later the same year the Sydney was sunk by a German raider with the loss of all 645 aboard. Most of the medals were lost also.
Description:
Silver medal
View of H.M.A.S. Sydney in battle steaming fast toright with guns firing, in the background the Bartolomeo Colleoni is burning and sinking on the horizon
Between two laurel wreaths, the top joined by an anchor with crown and star, the legend: PRESENTED BY / THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY / TO CAPTAIN J.A. COLLINS C.B.,R.A.N. / THE OFFICERS AND SHIP'S COMPANY / H.M.A.S. SYDNEY / IN COMMEMORATION OF THEIR GALLANT FIGHT / AGAINST SUPERIOR SPEED AND WEIGHT OF / ARMAMENT, WHICH RESULTED IN THE SINKING / OF THE ITALIAN CRUISER / BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI / IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA / JULY NINETEEN / 1940
Edge inscribed THE CAPTAIN EACH OFFICER AND EACH MEMBER OF SHIP'S COMPANY RECEIVED ONE OF THESE 11:2:41
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 57 mm (Width), 3 mm (Length), 58 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: width = diameter

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales, The Royal Australian Navy
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1940 AD
Obverse Description: Between two laurel wreaths, the top joined by an anchor with crown and star, the legend: PRESENTED BY / THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY / TO CAPTAIN J.A. COLLINS C.B.,R.A.N. / THE OFFICERS AND SHIP'S COMPANY / H.M.A.S. SYDNEY / IN COMMEMORATION OF THEIR GALLANT FIGHT / AGAINST SUPERIOR SPEED AND WEIGHT OF / ARMAMENT, WHICH RESULTED IN THE SINKING / OF THE ITALIAN CRUISER / BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI / IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA / JULY NINETEEN / 1940
Reverse Description: View of H.M.A.S. Sydney in battle steaming fast toright with guns firing, in the background the Bartolomeo Colleoni is burning and sinking on the horizon
Edge Description: Inscribed THE CAPTAIN EACH OFFICER AND EACH MEMBER OF SHIP'S COMPANY RECEIVED ONE OF THESE 11:2:41
Inscriptions: (edge) Inscribed THE CAPTAIN EACH OFFICER AND EACH MEMBER OF SHIP'S COMPANY RECEIVED ONE OF THESE 11:2:41
The legend: PRESENTED BY / THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY / TO CAPTAIN J.A. COLLINS C.B.,R.A.N. / THE OFFICERS AND SHIP'S COMPANY / H.M.A.S. SYDNEY / IN COMMEMORATION OF THEIR GALLANT FIGHT / AGAINST SUPERIOR SPEED AND WEIGHT etc. (obverse)
View of H.M.A.S. Sydney in battle. (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940
Mint: Amor (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940
Ship Depicted: Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, 1940
References: Car.1940/2

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jeanine wyllie Posted on 26 Apr 2010 3:17 PM
could you please tell me if the Bortolomeo Colleoni Medal is worth anything
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Apr 2010 10:21 AM
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