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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, Gold, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 16450

International Exhibition Gold Prize Medal, 1888 1888 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: Verdon, George (Sir)
Other Details: This gold medal was awarded to a royal commissioner at the Centennial International Exhibition, Sir George Frederic Verdon, politician and banker. Verdon had held a number of senior posts, including Victorian Treasurer, Victoria's first Agent-general and bank director. He was described by some as 'pompous and over-bearing'. The 1888 Centennial International Exhibition, celebrating a century of Australian settlement, surpassed even the grand scale of the1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. It attracted over two million people, but the Victorian government had to spend £250 000 on it, ten times the amount estimated. The exhibition had a distinctively imperial focus, and a greater emphasis on culture than in 1880, particularly on music and painting. A choir of five thousand sang music old and new songs, and half a million people attended symphony concerts. There were over three thousand paintings on display, including works by artists like J.M.W. Turner and C. Lutyens. The Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens was lit inside and out by electric lights, claimed to be the largest installation of arc lighting in the world.
The gold medal of the Centennial International Exhibition featuring a bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing crown and veil and a Victor's wreath of wattle and oak around the Southern Cross and the motto in Latin "To the deserving arts, distinguished honour"
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 3 mm (Height), 39 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 45.948 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, gold, museum history, royal exhibition building
Themes this item is part of: George Frederic Verdon, Politician & Banker (1834-1896), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne centennial exhibition 1888-1889
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Head of Queen Victoria, wearing crown and veil left; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Within a wreath of wattle and oak branches the Southern cross and the oval legend, ARTIBUS DIGNIS HONOR INSIGNIS; below the date MDCCCLXXXVIII; in tiny letters each side of date, MELBOURNE MINT STOKES & MARTIN SC.
Edge Description: engraved, THE HON. SIR GEO. F. VERDON K.C.M.G., C.B.,F.R.S.
Inscriptions: Edge: engraved, THE HON. SIR GEO. F. VERDON K.C.M.G., C.B.,F.R.S.
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), 1888
Designer: George Anderson - Royal Mint, Melbourne
Engraver: Stokes & Martin (Mint)
Awarded To: Sir George Verdon, 1888
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
References: Car. 1888/8 gold

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