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Medal - Cyclists' Centenary Run, League of Victorian Wheelmen, Victoria, Australia, 1898 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34520

Summary:
Centenary Run Medal awarded to Albert G. Lindblade, involved in the Century Run cycle race in 1898.
The medal is made up of a wheel set on a victory wreath. At the top are the letters LVW (League of Victorian Wheelmen). A female figure, perhaps representing the colony of Victoria, holds a flag inscribed "100" and offers a wreath. The cycle racing craze of the 1890s saw the replacement of the penny-farthing as the racing cycle of choice by cycles of a more modern appearance. In 1891 the Exhibition Buildings constructed the colony's main cycle racing track where the entrance foyer of Museum Victoria now stands. Two years later the League of Victorian Wheelmen was established, and became the governing body of the sport. Its mission was 'to advance racing and touring and the trade of cycling in all the lands under the Southern Cross'. 'We firmly believe that cycling has a great future (with the) beautiful models of perfection as (we seen in) the bicycle of the present day world. (We) anticipate the pleasures extending (and) advocate sweeping away the terms amateur and professional' (Australian Cyclist Journal 7 September 1893).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Albert Lindblade, 1966
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 36 mm (Height), 29 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: cycling, sport, stratton
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Wittenbach & Co., Badge Makers & Medallists, Melbourne, Victoria, League of Victorian Wheelmen
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: sport
Series: Prize
DateEra: 1898 AD
Obverse Description: At centre over a victors wreath a bicycle wheel, at top 'LVW' and a loop for wearing; below enameled in blue, 'CENTURY RUN / 1898'; on wheel a female figure standing left holding flag inscribed '100' and offering wreath.
Reverse Description: Engraved, 'A.G. Lindblade / WITTENB...(illeg) / STSIL'.
Edge Description: Plain.
Inscriptions: Obverse; At top 'LVW'; below enameled in blue 'CENTURY RUN / 1898'. Female figure standing left holding flag inscribed '100'.
Reverse; 'A.G. Lindblade'.
Shape: Irregular
Material: Silver
Issued By: League of Victorian Wheelmen, Victoria, Australia, 1898
Mint: Wittenbach & Co. (Mint), 1898
Awarded To: Albert Lindblade, 1898

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