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Medal - Australian Centenary of Settlement, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20742

Australian Centenary 1888 (AD)
Mint: Amor, Sydney
Other Details: Medal issued to commemorate the centenary of British settlement on the East coast of Australia on 26 January 1788. It incorporates the badge and motto of the colony of New South Wales, 'Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites' (recently risen, how brightly you shine). Medals made to commemorate the centenary were struck by the Sydney firm W.J. Amor in gold, silver and bronze and were awarded to 'prominent citizens and Shire Councils'.

Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 71.91 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: australian centenary of federation 2001, australian native flowers, iconography
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: centenary of australia
Series: Australian Commemorative Medal
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Australia seated (as Britannia) above, AUSTRALIA; in exergue, G crown R / JANUARY 26 1788
Reverse Description: ORTA RECENS QUAM PURA NITES/1888/AMOR
Wreath of Australian flowers, Southern Cross, Rampant lion
(Translation: Recently risen, how brightly you shin)
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Australia seated (as Britannia) above, AUSTRALIA; in exergue, G crown R / JANUARY 26 1788 (obverse)
Arms of New South Wales within wreath of Australian flora below crown and monogram VR; around; ORTA RECENS QUAM PURA NITES 1888. AMOR in tiny letters near rim at 07(reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Australia, 1888
Mint: Amor (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
Artist: W. Amor
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: Car 1888/1

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