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Medal - Sydney Mint, Royal Mint, Sydney, Australia, 1855-1901 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20152

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Sydney Mint Medal Queen Victoria in Bronze
Mint: Sydney
Other Details: Medal issued in 1901 to publicize the Sydney Branch of the Royal Mint, established in 1855. It was purchased by donor at closure of Sydney Mint in 1926. When then Mint was established it did not have the ability to prepare dies from artwork, obtaining its coinage dies directly from London. The Mint's ability to even harden engraved dies was questionable. The first major piece to be issued by the mint was struck in 1859: a commemorative medal awarded to those who attempted to rescue survivors of the Admella shipwreck near Portland in Victoria.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 41 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 40.96 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: 41mm

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Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Leonard Charles Wyon, Engraver (1826-1891)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: numismatics
Series: Presentation
DateEra: 1855-1901 AD
Obverse Description: Veiled head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing coronet; around, VICTORIA REGINA
Artist's name in small letters on truncation, L. C. WYON
Reverse Description: Arms of the Royal Mint with Tower of London and Tudor Rose to left and right of crown;
around above, SYDNEY BRANCH OF THE ROYAL MINT
below, ESTABLISHED 1855
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Veilrd head of Victoria left; around, VICTORIA REGINA/L.C.WYON (obverse)
Arms of the Mint; SYDNEY BRANCH OF THE ROYAL MINT/ESTABLISHED 1855 (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch, Australia, 1901
Mint: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1901
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch, 1901-1926
Previous Collection: Dr William Howat, 1926-1976

Purchased by Dr. Howitt in 1926 from the Sydney Mint Collection and later donated to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
References: Car. V/7

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