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Medal - Centenary of Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia, 1929 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18978

Australia Western Australia Perth
Centenary of Western Australia 1929 (AD)
Mint: Perth
Other Details: Silver medal from the Perth Mint commemorating the centenary of the foundation of the Swan River Colony in Western Australia in 1829. It was designed by George Kruger Gray, a designer, painter and medallist who worked for the Royal Mint in London. His designs appeared on coins in many countries of the British Empire. In 1827 Captain James Stirling and botanist Charles Fraser explored the Swan River region. Their glowing reports influenced the British Government's decision to found a colony. Stirling returned in 1829 as Lieutenant-Governor of the new Colony, accompanied by free settlers. In 1832 Stirling appointed a Legislative Council of four government officials to assist him. Western Australia was not constituted as a separate entity until 1890.

The number of medals struck by the Royal Mint Perth Branch were; gold 3, silver 889, and 84,700 bronze. The final quantity of all types of medals issued was 82,492.

The prices were:
Gold approximately £11/0/0
Fine Silver 7/6
Bronze (toned and lacquered) 2/6, and
Bronze 1/-
The medals were supplied in envelopes, but cases could be purchased for 3/-. Prices included postage.
Bronze medals were also available at subsidised prices of 3d. for children under 15 that were not on school rolls.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 37.23 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, western australia centenary 1929, price
Themes this item is part of: George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), HRH King George V (1865-1936), Perth Mint, Medal & Coin Makers, East Perth, Western Australia
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: public events
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1929 AD
Obverse Description: Crowned bust of George V left; around, GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP:
Reverse Description: Swan advancing left with wings spread; around, CENTENARY . OF . WESTERN . AUSTRALIA . 1929
Edge Description: PLAIN
Inscriptions: PLAIN (edge)
Crowned bust of George V left; around, GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: (obverse)
Swan advancing left with wings spread; around, CENTENARY . OF . WESTERN . AUSTRALIA . 1929 (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 1929
Mint: Perth (Mint), 1929
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London, 1929
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal, 1929
Person Depicted: HM King George V
References: Car.1929/2


Glenn Burghall Posted on 12 Sep 2012 10:22 AM
From "The West Australian" Newspaper, Monday 27 July, 1931 (page 11) an article entitled "Imperial Mint. Sixtieth Annual Report", the numbers of medals struck by the Royal Mint Perth Branch to celebrate the Centenary of the foundation of Western Australia were; gold 3, silver 889, and 84,700 bronze.
Glenn Burghall Posted on 12 Sep 2012 10:29 AM
From "The West Australian" Newspaper Friday 20 December, 1929 (page 7)an article entitled "SOUVENIR MEDALS." comes the following text;

"Centenary medals make good Christmas presents. They are available for purchase through any bank in the State, and several jewellers have them suitably mounted
for presentation purposes. Bronze medals are supplied by the Mint at 1/ each, and silver medals at 1/6 each. Medal cases are available at 3/ each. These prices include postage from the Mint, and medals from there will be sent to any desired address."
Glenn Burghall Posted on 02 Nov 2012 1:37 PM
Further to earlier posted comments; Perth Mint records indicate that the cost of a fine silver medal was 7/6. There was also an issue of a quantity of 311 bronze medals that were coloured(or toned) and lacquered. These sold for 2/6. 191 of this type were provide to older citizens who met a stipulated residential criteria. NU 18976, identified as consisting of tombac, may be an example of this type of medal.
Not all of the medals struck were issued. Issue numbers, as supplied by Perth Mint are 81,515 bronze, 311 special(bronze coloured and lacquered, 663 silver and 3 gold medals.

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