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Medal - Royal Visit of Prince Alfred to Australia, 1867 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20228

Summary:
Australia
Duke of Edinburgh 1867 (AD)
Mint: Thomas Stokes
Other Details: 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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 47 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 35.35 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: royal visits, royalty british
Themes this item is part of: HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: royal visits
Series: Australian Historical Medals
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. Galatia under sail and steam right; in exergue, H.M.S. GALATIA / 1867; around on broad border, . TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF H.R.H. PRINCE ALFRED, DUKE OF EDINBURGH K.G. TO AUSTRALIA
Makers name; T.STOKES MELBOURNE, in tiny letters around base of exergue
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
(obverse)
(reverse)
Shape: round
Material: White Metal
Mint: Stokes
Person Depicted: HRH Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh & Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, Australia
References: Car. 1867/2
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Faringdon-Davis, Gillian. 1988. The Monarchy and its Part in Australia's Maturity. Australian Numismatist. 68-83.
  2. [Book], Mr Brian McKinlay, The First Royal Tour 1867-1868, Rigby Ltd., Adelaide, 1970

Comments

Julian Russell Posted on 09 Apr 2010 11:53 AM
I have seen one of these medals, with the hole at the top, in bronze (or brass). Is this correct ? Are they common ? Any idea of the mintage ?

Many thanks and regards,

Julian
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Apr 2010 4:54 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Julian. As indicated above, there were four versions of this commemorative medal made, including a copper version, some examples of which we have in our collection. Interestingly they don't always have a hole in the top. Unfortunately there is no information about how many were minted.
David Thompson Posted on 01 Dec 2014 11:55 AM
I have just acquired a sterling silver version of this medal, you do not mention it. It was sold by a reputable Australian rare coin dealer. Any information would be appreciated. It differs from the other versions in the surround detail and is numbered on the edge. 1-7/8" diameter.

Thank you

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