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Medal - Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, Ararat, Shire of Ararat, Australia, 1897 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20429

Australia Victoria Ararat
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee 1897 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Son
Other Details: Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897 was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. It prompted many Australian local governments to issue commemorative medals, such as the Shire of Ararat.The Shire of Ararat was established in 1864, seven years after gold had been discovered near the site of the future town of Ararat. Ararat's Canton Lead was one of the world's richest shallow alluvial goldfields, and attracted 20,000 prespectors within weeks of its discovery. Its population in the 1850s included a large proportion of Chinese diggers. The Ararat region also became known for the quality of its wool and its wine industry. Calvert served as Shire President for a long period. A medal naming Calvert as Shire President, as this one does, was also issued in 1887, for Queen Victoria's jubilee. In 1911 he was again named as Shire President, on a medal issued for the coronation of George V and Queen Mary. The former two medals also name J. Maclean as Shire Secretary.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.75 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, queen victoria diamond jubilee 1897, royal anniversaries, royalty british
Themes this item is part of: Municipality of Ararat, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Samuel Calvert, President, Shire of Ararat (1844-1923), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: royal jubilees
Series: Commemorative
DateEra: 1897 AD
Obverse Description: Veiled bust of Queen Victoria facing left; around above, QUEEN VICTORIA DIAMOND JUBILEE;
below, 1897
Reverse Description: At centre within broad rim, SHIRE / OF / ARARAT;
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Shire of Ararat, Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1897
Commissioned By: Shire of Ararat, Ararat, Victoria, Australia, 1897
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Person Named: Mr S. Calvert - Shire of Ararat, Ararat, Victoria, Australia, 1897

Named on medal
Person Named: Mr. James Maclean - Ararat Shire Council, Ararat, Victoria, Australia, 1897

Named on medal
References: Car. 1897/15

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