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Medal - Peter Nicol Russell Award, P.N. Russell School of Engineering, New South Wales, Australia, 1899 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20728

Summary:
Australia New South Wales
Peter Nicol Russell Medal 1899 (AD)
Mint: Wyon (London)
Other Details: A Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Award was established around 1919 in memory of Sir Peter Nicol Russell, a Sydney ironfounder who made substantial donations to support the development of engineering in Australia. He gave £50,000 to the University of Sydney in 1895 for the Peter Nicol Russell School of Engineering, this medal relates to that donation. The portrait die was cut by Allan Wyon in London (d. 1907). The later award medal, based on this early form, is presented annually by the Institution of Engineers Australia to a Fellow of the Institution over 45 years of age who has made a significant contribution to science and/or the practice of engineering in Australia.
Description:
A bronze medal (51 mm diameter) featuring a bust of Peter Nicol Russell
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 69.96 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Allan Wyon, Engraver (1843-1907), Engineering Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, Peter Nicol Russell, Ironfounder & Benefactor (1816-1905), P.N. Russell School of Engineering, University of Sydney, P.N. Russell School of Engineering, University of Sydney
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: engineering
Series: Australian Prize Medals
DateEra: 1899 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of P.N. Russell facing left, under shoulder truncation ALLAN WYON SC.; around, P.N. RUSSELL . SCHOOL . OF . ENGINEERING FOUNDED. A.D.1896; behind head, PETER NICOL RUSSELL
Reverse Description: Wreath of Australian native plants, below, J.S. & A.B.WYON
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: P. N. RUSSELL . SCHOOL . OF . ENGINEERING FOUNDED. A.D. 1896 PETER NICOL RUSSELL ALLAN WYON SC.
Reverse: J.S. & A.B.WYON
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: P.N. Russell School of Engineering, New South Wales, Australia, 1899
Artist: Joseph Wyon, England, Great Britain

This is an old die being used after the death of the artist J.S. Wyon died in 1873, A.B. in 1884; the medal was struck by Allan Wyon in 1899.
Artist: A. Wyon

This is an old die being used after the death of the artist J.S. Wyon died in 1873, A.B. in 1884; the medal was struck by Allan Wyon in 1899.
Artist: Allan Wyon, England, Great Britain, 1899 or later

There are two forms of this medal this by Allan Wyon is recorded for 1899 - he died in 1907. The later form from lower quality dies seems to be related to the prize eatablished in 1919.
Person Depicted: Sir Peter Russell, Australia, 1899
Organisation Named: P.N. Russell School of Engineering, by 1896

University of New South Wales

Comments

Ian Bowie Posted on 15 Feb 2011 9:20 AM
1. Last words: "University of New South Wales" should read: "University of Sydney".
2. Spelling of "Nicol" needs to replace "Nichol" in "Description".

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