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Medal - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Commemorative, Australia, 1935 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33129

Australia Victoria
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith 1935 (AD)
Mint: Stokes
Other Details: This medal was made in 1935 to commemorate the loss of Charles Kingsford-Smith, then considered the world's greatest aviator. He made numerous record-breaking flights, and on the last of these lost his life. He left England on 6 November 1935 with Tommy Pethybridge on what was to be his last record-breaking attempt to fly from England to Australia. The plane disappeared over the Bay of Bengal on 9 November and has never been found. The reverse of the medal shows his plane 'Southern Cross', which he flew from America to Australia with Charles Ulm in record time in 1928.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 50 mm (Width), 4 mm (Length), 50 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Tagged with: aircraft, pioneer air flights, aviation pioneers
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Charles Kingsford Smith, Pioneer Aviator (1897-1935), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: aviation
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1935 AD
Obverse Description: Portrait of Sir Charles in flying kit; around, .SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD-SMITH."AVIATOR". in exergue, 9TH FEB. 1897 - / 9TH NOV. 1935 STOKES MELB.
Reverse Description: "Southern Cross" flying 3/4 left, clouds behind; around below; THE SOUTHERN CROSS / . TRANS-PACIFIC. .TRANS-TASMAN.; around above; ENGLAND - AUSTRALIA, TRANS-ATLANTIC
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Australia, 1935
Mint: Stokes (Mint)
Person Depicted: Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, 1935
References: Car.1935/6, p.157.
  1. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983


Frank Robinson Posted on 21 Aug 2011 8:28 PM
1 The Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV) was formed in 1946 (not 1948). It incorporates the Numismatic Society of Victoria (NSV) which was founded in 1914. The NSV effectively ceased to exist as a separate entity in 1931 when it affiliated with the Historical Society of Victoria.

2 This medal was not produced by the NAV – see NAV website ( for list of all medals struck by the NAV); the reference in Les Carlisle's two books to this medal being issued by the NAV is incorrect.

3 Although this medal is sometimes considered to be an issue of the NSV, this is unlikely as the NSV was already in recess by the date shown on the medal and is unlikely to have issued any medals during that time.

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