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Medal - Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Silver Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20912

Australia Victoria
Port Phillip Farmers Association Silver Prize Medal 1857 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Joseph Nicholson
Other Details: Prize medal awarded to Joseph Nicholson by the Port Phillip Farmers Society (now known as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria) for a hay cart. The Society was formed in 1848 from a number of earlier farmers' societies in Victoria. The Society aimed to improve agricultural practices to meet the food needs of a growing population, and conducted ploughing matches in the area around Flemington. In 1855 it established showgrounds in Parkville, opposite the present site of The University of Melbourne. The current showgrounds in Ascot Vale were not established until 1882.
A silver prize medal (51 mm. diameter) featuring a rural scene of farm house, reclining cow, sheep, horse and tools below gum tree branch; in exergue in tiny letters, ARNOLDI and details of the prize engraved within open wreath below small Kangaroo
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Width), 51 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: agricultural shows, agriculture
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Port Phillip Farmers Society, Victoria
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Agricultural Prize Medals
DateEra: 1857 AD
Obverse Description: Rural scene of farm house, reclining cow, sheep, horse and tools below gum tree branch; in exergue in tiny letters, ARNOLDI
Reverse Description: Engraved within open wreath below small Kangaroo, HAY CART / FIRST PRIZE / to / Mr. Joseph Nicholson / 1857; around, PORT PHILLIP FARMER'S SOEICTY; below, INSTITUTED 1848
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: PORT PHILLIP FARMERS ASSOCIATION INSTITUTED 1848 HAY CART / FIRST PRIZE / to / Mr. Joseph Nicholson / 1857
Reverse: ARNOLDI
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Victoria, Australia, 1857
Artist: Arnoldi

German die-engraver who worked in the Kangaroo Office.
Awarded To: Joseph Nicholson, Australia
  1. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1962. 'Australiana' No.1. Australian Numismatist. 17 (4)


Colin Todd Posted on 03 Apr 2015 12:58 PM
We have one of these medals in our family.
It is inscribed with date 1857 and has the name Meikle inscribed and refers to it being awarded as second prize in a boar competition.

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