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Medal - Royal Visit of Prince Alfred to Australia, Victoria, Australia, 1867 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20229

White metal medal issued to commemorate the visit of Prince Alfred to Australia in 1867.

Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria's second son, was Australia's first royal visitor. Arriving in 1867, he stayed for six months. This medal was the first of four versions issued. It features HMS Galatea, a ship driven by both steam and sail. During his visit to Sydney there was an attempted assassination of the Duke, who received a bullet wound to the back.
White metel medal, 47mm diameter, inscribed on both sides. The obverse shows a profile bust of the Duke of Edinburgh, facing left, with edge detail. The reverse features H.M.S. Galatea under sail and steam, facing right.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 47 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 40.01 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: royal visits, naval vessels, sailing vessels, warships, ship orlando
Themes this item is part of: HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: royal visits
Series: Commemorative
DateEra: 1867 AD
Obverse Description: Within broad border bust in uniform head bare left; around, H.R.H. DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Reverse Description: H.M.S. Galatea under sail and steam right; in exergue, H.M.S. GALATEA / 1867; around on broad border, . TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF H.R.H. PRINCE ALFRED, DUKE OF EDINBURGH K.G. TO AUSTRALIA
Maker's name T.STOKES MELBOURNE in tiny letters around base of exergue
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: within broad border bust in uniform head bare left; around, 'H.R.H. DUKE OF EDINBURGH'.

Reverse: 'H.M.S. GALATEA / 1867'; around on broad border, 'TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF H.R.H. PRINCE ALFRED, DUKE OF EDINBURGH K.G. TO AUSTRALIA'. Maker's name 'T.STOKES MELBOURNE' in tiny letters around base of exergue.
Shape: round
Material: White metal
Issued By: Victoria, Australia, 1867
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Person Depicted: HRH Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh & Saxe-Coburg & Gotha
Ship Depicted: Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, Great Britain, 1867
References: Carlisle (1983), reference # 1867/2
  1. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  2. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  3. [Book], Mr Brian McKinlay, The First Royal Tour 1867-1868, Rigby Ltd., Adelaide, 1970
  4. [Article] Faringdon-Davis, Gillian. 1988. The Monarchy and its Part in Australia's Maturity. Australian Numismatist. 68-83.
  5. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983


barry locke Posted on 23 Jan 2012 10:57 PM
I have one of the above medals which shows the name of the ship to be GALATEA as per the photograph on your web site. You might like to correct the 4 errors in the text beneath. I trust this is helpful
Discovery Centre Posted on 24 Jan 2012 10:00 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Barry,
Thank you for your comment. The necessary changes have now been made.
Kathryn Posted on 03 May 2012 1:21 AM
I also have one of the medallions

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