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Medal - Jubilee of Queen Victoria, General Gordon, Victoria, Australia, 1887 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20472

Australia Victoria Shire of Gordon
Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1887 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin

Queen Victoria's 50th Jubilee in 1887 was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. This medal was one of many issued to commemorate the occasion. It includes an illustration of General Gordon, and names Randolph Kemp as President and William F. Sheridan as Secretary. It may relate to the Shire of Gordon, although that district was named after the area's first settler, George Gordon, rather than General Gordon, the soldier-statesman killed in 1885 the Seige of Khartoum. Gordon was a popular general and a heroic figure throughout the Empire, and when he died the NSW Government sent troops to the Sudan, marking the first time that soldiers in the pay of a self-governing Australian colony fought in an imperial war.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.07 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, queen victoria golden jubilee 1887, royal anniversaries
Themes this item is part of: Harry Stokes, Medal Artist (circa 1840-?), Charles George Gordon, Major General, British Army (1833-1885), Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: royal jubilees
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1887 AD
Obverse Description: Head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing veil and coronet;
Below, 1887. Inscription on truncation of Queen's neck: H.S.
Reverse Description: At centre within broad rim, bust of General Gordon;
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
Shape: round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Gordon Shire, Victoria, Australia, 1887
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1887
Artist: Harry Stokes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1887

Initials on truncation
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Person Depicted: General Charles Gordon
Person Named: Mr Randolph Kemp - Gordon Shire Council, Ararat, Victoria, Australia, 1887

Named as Shire President on medal
Person Named: Mr William Sheridan - Gordon Shire Council
References: Car. 1887/90

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