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Medal - 'Stokes 100 Years of Progress', Stokes & Sons, Victoria, Australia, 1956 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20290

Summary:
Medal to commemorate the centenary of Stokes and Sons mint. Reverse designed by Andor Meszaros and minted by Stokes and Sons, Victoria, Australia in 1956.

The private mint Stokes began in 1857 when Thomas Stokes purchased a press that had been sent to Melbourne at the beginning of the Victorian gold rush. The firm went on to produce many of Victoria's commemorative medals, including this one celebrating its own centenary in 1956. Noted medallist Andor Meszaros designed the reverse, which features a man at a lathe, while in the background are scenes of industry, transport, agriculture and domestic life.The firm still operates from the Melbourne suburb of Mitcham.
Description:
medal issued to commemorate one hundred years of Stokes opperation. Obverse featuring Across centre of medal a view of the Stokes factory in Brunswick; above,
STOKES & SONS PTY LTD / 100 YEARS / PROGRESS
below, MELBOURNE / AUSTRALIA / 1956
the makers name below the image on right, STOKES MELB.
Reverse (damaged as usual by glue used in felt of plastic container of issue) featuring Man with back to viewer operating lathe, above lathe, INDUSTRY IS LIFE
below lathe at right the artist's name and logo MESZAROS; between legs the mint name, STOKES MELB.
Above lathe images of different forms of industry, catering, forrestry, factory and transport (shipping and flight)
Statement Of Significance:
For over half a century, sculptors Andor (1900-1973) and Michael (1945- ) Meszaros have created medals that reflect the high points of life in Australia. From major awards and portraits of eminent Australians to artwork celebrating popular culture and the natural world, these objects illuminate our culture and history. Grounded in a centuries-old European art tradition, the medals create connections across disciplines and link such diverse subjects as scientific advances, religious themes, sport, the performing arts and motherhood. Through their public and private commissions and their personal artworks, the Meszaros sculptors have defined the modern Australian medal.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 58 mm (Width), 4 mm (Length), 58 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Tagged with: centenaries, foundries, commemorative medals, medals
Themes this item is part of: Andor Mészáros, Medal Artist (1900-1972), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Migration Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Meszaros Medals Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: numismatics
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1956 AD
Obverse Description: Across centre of medal a view of the Stokes factory in Brunswick; above,
STOKES & SONS PTY LTD / 100 YEARS / PROGRESS
below, MELBOURNE / AUSTRALIA / 1956
Reverse Description: Man with back to viewer operating lathe, above lathe, INDUSTRY IS LIFE
below lathe at right the artist's name and logo MESZAROS; between legs the mint name, STOKES MELB.
Above lathe images of different forms of industry, catering, forrestry, factory and transport (shipping and flight)
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Across centre of medal a view of the Stokes factory in Brunswick; above,
STOKES & SONS PTY LTD / 100 YEARS / PROGRESS
below, MELBOURNE / AUSTRALIA / 1956
the makers name below the image on right, STOKES MELB.

Man with back to viewer operating lathe, above lathe, INDUSTRY IS LIFE
below lathe at right the artist's name and logo MESZAROS; between legs the mint name, STOKES MELB.
Above lathe images of different forms of industry, catering, forrestry, factory and transport (shipping and flight)
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1956
Mint: Stokes & Sons
Artist: Andor Mészáros
References: Car.1956/9
Bibliography:
  1. [Catalogue] Sharples, John P. 1990. Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition.
  2. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1986. Michael Meszaros: The Man and his Medals. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 2: 4-24.

Comments

Paul Nicoll Posted on 05 Sep 2013 5:37 PM
I have a Stoces @ Son medal from 1956. Instead of a man on a lathe, it is the same as the box. can you shed any light on this.

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