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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, Gold, Opening Presentation, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 16453

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Opening Gold Presentation1888 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: Loch, Henry Brougham (Sir)
Other Details: This was the first medal struck by the Melbourne Mint for the 1888 Exhibition. It was presented to His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Brougham Loch, a patron of the Exhibition, on 15 November 1889, on the day of his departure from Victoria. The medal commemorated his official opening of the Exhibition on 1 August 1888. Loch was was considered Victoria's most popular and respected governor. He resigned shortly after the Exhibition closed, and became a member of the House of Lords. The 1888 Centennial International Exhibition, celebrating a century of Australian settlement, surpassed even the grand scale of the1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. It attracted over two million people, but the Victorian government had to spend £250 000 on it, ten times the amount estimated. The exhibition had a distinctively imerial focus, and a greater emphasis on culture than in 1880, particularly on music and painting. A choir of five thousand sang music old and new, and half a million people attended symphony concerts. There were over three thousand paintings on display, including works by artists like J.M.W. Turner and C. Lutyens. The Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens was lit inside and out by electric lights, claimed to be the largest installation of arc lighting in the world.
Description:
A gold medal featuring a crowned & vieled bust of Victoria; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE and, within wreath of oak and wattle, Southern Cross, around, ARTIBUS DIGNIS HONOR INSIGNIS (To the deserving arts distinguished honour); below, MDCCCLXXXVIII (1888)
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 160.760 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, royal exhibition building
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Henry Brougham Loch, Governor of Victoria (1827-1900), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne centennial exhibition 1888-1889
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Crowned & veiled bust of Victoria; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Within wreath, Southern Cross, around, ARTIBUS DIGNIS HONOR INSIGNIS (To the deserving arts distinguished honour); below, MDCCCLXXXVIII
Edge Description: H.E.SIR HENRY BROUGHAM LOCH G.C.M.G.,K.C.B.GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA
Inscriptions: Edge: Impressed H.E.SIR HENRY BROUGHAM LOCH G.C.M.G.,K.C.B.GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA
Obverse: CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse: ARTIBUS DIGNIS HONOR INSIGNIS MDCCCLXXXVIII
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), 1888
Designer: George Anderson - Royal Mint, Melbourne
Engraver: Stokes & Martin (Mint)
Awarded To: Sir Henry Loch, 1888

To mark his official opening of the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition.
References: Car.1888/8

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