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Medal - International Exhibition, Sydney, Silver Prize, New South Wales, Australia, 1879 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20565

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
International Exhibition Prize 1879 - 1880 (AD)
Mint: Sydney
Awarded to: J. Wood & Sons
Other Details: This large silver prize medal was awarded at the1879 International Exhibition, Sydney, to J. Wood and Sons. The reverse explains that the medal was awarded a First Degree of Merit for Stock Ales. The Sydney International Exhibition was the first true international exhibition that an Australian colony had hosted.
Description:
A large silver prize medal (76 mm) featuring a view of the Sydney Garden Palace Exhibition Building with a figure of New South Wales standing in front holding the colonial shield and surrounded by exhibition goods. The reverse explains that the medal was awarded a First Degree of Merit for Stock Ales. This medal is silver plated and has edges scraped to test the metal.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 76 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100 g

More information

Tagged with: alcohol, beer, beverages, exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1879 AD
Obverse Description: Figure of New South Wales surrounded by works of industry before exhibition building; around, * INTERNATIONAL * EXHIBITION * SYDNEY N.S.W.* M.D.CCC.LXXIX
in exergue, waves, below these waves in tiny letters the artists names, J.S. & A.B. WYON
Reverse Description: Engraved: AWARDED /TO / J.WOOD & SON / 1ST DEGREE OF MERIT /FOR /STOCKALES / SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION / 1879 ; Wreath of Australian native flora
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
*INTERNATIONAL*EXHIBITION*/SYDNEY N.S.W.*M.D.CCC LXXIX/ORTA RECENS QUAM PURA NITES/J.S. & A.B.WYON ; Allegorical figure of NSW amidst exhibits (obverse)

Engraved:AWARDED/TO/J.WOOD & SON/1ST DEGREE OF MERIT/FOR/STOCKALES/ SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION/1879 ; Wreath of Australian native flora (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Silver-plated
Issued By: Australian International Exhibition Commissioners, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879-1880
Mint: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879
Artist: Joseph Wyon, London, England, Great Britain
Artist: A. Wyon
Artist: Mr James Sayer
Artist: Mr Samuel Begg
Awarded To: J. Wood & Sons
References: Hock.p.261
Bibliography:
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  3. [Article] Carlisle, Leslie J. 1978. Australia's First International Exhibition: Sydney 1879. Report of the Australian Numismatic Society. Yearbook No.3
  4. [Book], Robert Freestone, Roslyn Maguire, Peter Proudfoot, Colonial City, Global City: Sydney's International Exhibition 1879, Crossing Press, Darlinghurst, 2000
  5. [Book], Official Record of the Sydney International Exhibition, 1879, Sydney, 1881

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