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Medal - Federation & the Opening of the First Parliament, Victoria, Australia, 1901 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18366

Medal issued to commemorate the opening of the First Federal Parliament of Australia on 9 May 1901. The silver medal was minted by Stokes & Sons and presented to MLA Thomas Bent. Knighted in 1907, Bent served as Premier and Treasurer of Victoria from 1904-1909.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 75 mm (Height), 39 mm (Width)
Weight: 17.38 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: 39 * 75

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, royalty british, politicians, politics
Themes this item is part of: Thomas Bent, Premier & Treasurer of Victoria (1838-1909), Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH Edward VII (1841-1910), HRH King George V (1865-1936), HM Queen Mary (1867-1953), HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: australian federation
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1901 AD
Obverse Description: At top of red ribbon Australian Arms over blue enabelled ribbon AUST RALIA, below busts of Victoria and Edward VII in ovals; above, AUST. COMMONWEALTH / EST.1.JA.1901 / 63D. OF VICTORIA, R.I; below, FIRST PARLIAMENT OPENED / MAY 1901 / 1ST OF EDWARD VII / W.A. TAS. N.S.W. VIC. S.A. Q'LD.
Reverse Description: Busts of the Duke and Duchess in ovals; above, OPENING OF THE FIRST / FEDERAL PARLIAMENT; below, T.R.H. / THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL / AND YORK / MELBOURNE, MAY 1901
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Irregular
Material: Silver and Enamel
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Awarded To: Sir Thomas Bent - M.L.A., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: HRH George Duke of Cornwall & York, 1901
Person Depicted: HRH Mary Duchess of Cornwall & York, 1901
Person Depicted: King Edward VII, 1901
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria, 1901
References: Car1901/2 in silver with ribbon and bar


Paula Posted on 01 Dec 2009 3:24 AM
hi there , my gran just died and we found one of these in her stuff and wondered how people got these(paid for , given ??)and do they have any value , how mant minted any extra info would be nice to have , thank you for any help you are able to offer . Paula
Discovery Centre Posted on 04 Jan 2010 3:16 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Two issues of this medal were minted by Stokes & Sons in 1901. The first issue included 250,000 Bronze/ Silvered/ Gilded medals, 272 silver medals, and 325 gold medals.

The second issue comprised bronze, gilded and silver medals; the quantity of medals minted in each metal is not known.

The silver and gold medals would have been presented to dignitaries who attended the opening of parliament; it is possible medals were also give to the 12,000 guests who attended the opening of parliament on 9 May 1901.

As so many medals were minted, it is likely the other medals were sold as souvenirs during the 10 days of celebrations that surrounded the opening of parliament and the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall & York’s visit to Victoria.

As so many were minted, they are not rare, though are very important souvenirs of one of Australia’s most important celebrations.

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