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Medal - Centenary of Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia, 1929 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18971

Australia Western Australia Perth
Centenary of Western Australia 1929 (AD)
Mint: Perth
Other Details: 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 silver and bronze medals could be purchased at any bank in the state for 1/6 and 1/ respectively. Special cases were also available for 3/.
XRF analysis in June 2014 found the composition to be:
Copper (Cu) ? high (approx. 80%)
Zinc (Zn) ? low (approx. 16%)
Nickel (Ni) - trace
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 30.63 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, western australia centenary 1929
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
Shape: round
Material: Tombac
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

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