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Medal - Christmas & New Year, Victoria, Australia, 1872 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20864

Summary:
Australia Victoria
Christmas 1872 (AD)
Mint: Stokes
Other Details: This small medal was made as a Christmas gift for 1872. It exists in two forms, one with the Christmas wish on one side and the Lord's Prayer on the other, and this one in which the Christmas wish is joined with a portrait of an Aboriginal man, Billi 'Ex: Rex (King) Vict(oria)'. Two other medals of the same size were struck at the mint erected at the Victorian Exhibition, 6 Nov. 1872 - 8 January 1873, showing the same image of Billi on the obverse, but with a coat of arms and reference to the exhibition mint on the reverse. Another medal showing Billi was minted by Stokes and Martin in 1869. Similar depictions of Aborigines appeared on other medals of this period, including two medals issued in 1876, 'Sandy: Ex Rex' and 'Ricketty Dick: Ex Rex'. Ricketty Dick camped on the fringes of settlement in Sydney.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Width), 22 mm (Diameter)

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Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: celebrations & traditions
Series: Commemorative
DateEra: 1872 AD
Obverse Description: Bearded Aboriginal head right, around, BILLI EX: REX: VICT. 1872
Reverse Description: A MERRY / CHRISTMAS / AND / A HAPPY NEW YEAR
below radiate star
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Milled (edge)
Bearded Aboriginal head right, around, BILLI EX: REX: VICT. 1872 (obverse)
A MERRY / CHRISTMAS / AND / A HAPPY NEW YEAR (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Victoria, Australia, 1872
Mint: Stokes (Mint)
Person Depicted: Billi
References: Other medals depicting Billi are recorded by Carlisle 1872/1-3. The latter two were struck at the Exhibition Mint.

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