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Medal - Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Gold Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1859 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 32488

Summary:
Australia Victoria Gisborne
Medal - Port Phillip Farmers' Society Gold Prize 1859 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to Mr W. Thomson
Other Details: First prize medal awarded to Mr W. Thomson for a collection of agricultural produce at the 1859 Gisborne Exhibition. The medal was awarded by the Port Phillip Farmers Society (now known as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria). 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.
Description:
A gold prize medal (38 mm. diameter) featuring a rural scene of farm house, reclining cow, sheep, horse and tools below gum tree branch and details of the prize engraved within open wreath below small Kangaroo
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 37.713 g (Weight)

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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: 1859 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, a small kangaroo; inscribed Collection Agl. Produce / 1st PRIZE / awarded to Mr W.Thomson / Gisborne Exhibition 1859; around, PORT PHILLIP FARMER'S SOCIETY; below, INSTITUTED 1848
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: PORT PHILLIP FARMERS ASSOCIATION INSTITUTED 1848 Collection Agl. Produce 1st PRIZE awarded to Mr W.Thomson Gisborne Exhibition 1859
Shape: Round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Gisborne, Victoria, Australia, 1859
Artist: Arnoldi

German die-engraver who worked in the Kangaroo Office. He is not named on this medal, but his name appears on NU 20912.
Awarded To: Mr W Thomson, Victoria, Australia, 1859
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1962. 'Australiana' No.1. Australian Numismatist. 17 (4)

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