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Medal - Coppin's Balloon, George Selth Coppin, Victoria, Australia, 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20199

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Coppins Balloon 1858 (AD)
Other Details: Medal issued to commemorate the flight of Coppin's Balloon. On 1 February 1858 the people of Melbourne witnessed a flight of the 'Australasian', a gas-powered balloon piloted by English aeronaut Joseph Dean and imported by George Coppin. It rose from Cremorne Gardens, on the north bank of the Yarra, to a height of three thousand feet, flew for half an hour and landed in Heidelberg Road. It was heralded as Australia's first flight.
A white metal medal (38 mm diameter) featuring Coppin's Balloon in flight with two people
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Width), 38 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: flights, balloons, ballooning
Themes this item is part of: George Selth Coppin, Comic Actor & Entrepreneur (1819-1906), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: aviation
Series: Commemorative
DateEra: 1858 AD
Obverse Description: At centre a balloon, above on broad border, COPPIN'S BALLOON; across centre of balloon AUSTRALASIAN
Reverse Description: At centre, AEROSTATIC / MEDAL; around on broad border, CREMORNE GARDENS * VICTORIA 1858 *
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: COPPIN'S BALLOON
Shape: round
Material: White metal
Issued By: Mr George Coppin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Person Named: Mr George Coppin
References: Car. 1858/1
  1. [Article] O'Neill-FitzSimons, Terence. 2000. A Balloon on the Ballarat: Green's Balloon Extraordinary. Victorian Historical Journal. 71 (1)
  2. [Book], Helene Rodgers, Early Ballooning in Australia, Set & Forget Press, Richmond, 1989

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