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Medal - Olympic Games Commemorative, Numismatic Association of Victoria, Australia, 1956 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20082

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Olympic Commemorative Medal 1956 (AD)
Mint: K.G.Luke
Other Details: The fifth of a series of medals issued by the Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV), this medal commemorates the 16th Olympic Games, held in Melbourne in 1956. Its obverse represents a Greek coin struck about 300 BC for the 105th Olympiad, with the inscription 'XVI Olympina, Melbourne'. The 'l' was accidently replaced by a Greek lamda, but this has made the medal particularly appealing to collectors.
Description:
Lead trial for silver and bronze medals commissioned by the NAV to commemorate the Melbourne Olympic Games, 1956.
Copy of ancient coin bearing head, behind an olive branch/ below, XVI / OLYMPINA / MELBOURNE the "L" being a Greek lamda (obverse)
IN/THIS MEDAL/WE COMMEMORATE/THE OLYMPIC GAMES/HELD IN MELBOURNE/NOVEMBER 22/TO/DECEMBER 16/1956/NUMISMATIC ASSN OF VICTORIA/K G L(reverse)
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Width), 5 mm (Length), 38 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: olympic games melbourne 1956
Themes this item is part of: K.G. Luke, Medal & Trophy Makers, Melbourne, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: sport
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1956 AD
Obverse Description: Copy of ancient coin bearing bearded head of Olympian Zeus facing right, behind an olive branch; below, XVI / OLYMPINA / MELBOURNE (the "L" of OLYMPIANA being a Greek lamda)
Reverse Description: IN / THIS MEDAL / WE COMMEMORATE / THE OLYMPIC GAMES / HELD IN MELBOURNE / NOVEMBER 22 / TO / DECEMBER 16 / 1956 / NUMISMATIC ASSN OF VICTORIA / K G L
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Copy of ancient coin bearing head, behind an olive branch/ below, XVI / OLYMPINA / MELBOURNE the "L" being a Greek lamda (obverse)
IN/THIS MEDAL/WE COMMEMORATE/THE OLYMPIC GAMES/HELD IN MELBOURNE/NOVEMBER 22/TO/DECEMBER 16/1956/NUMISMATIC ASSN OF VICTORIA/K G L(reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Lead
Issued By: Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1956
Mint: K. G. Luke (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1956
Artist: Mr. W. Curran - Numismatic Association of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1956

Carlisle names Curran as the artist, and in the article 'Medallic Issues of the N.A.V.', Australian Numismatist, 1972, Vol.17, No.2. Curran admits he was responsible for the accidental insertion of the Greek lamda. Curran was both Australian Numismatist Editor and NAV President in 1972.
Commissioned By: Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1956
References: Car 1956/6 but lead trial
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] 1962. Medallic Issues of the N.A.V. Australian Numismatist. 17 (2)

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