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Medal - William Branwhite Clarke, Royal Society of New South Wales, Australia, 1881 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 23854

Summary:
William Branwhite Clarke medal awarded to Frederick McCoy in 1881. The medal was struck in Sydney, New South Wales.

The Clarke medal was established in 1878 to commemorate the work of the Reverand William Branwhite Clarke, pioneer geologist. Awarded by the Royal Society of New South Wales for work in natural science, it is the oldest of the Australian scientific medals. It was first awarded to Professor Sir Richard Owen. (Australian Academy of Science web site www.science.org.au/awards/aasmedal.htm. -D. Tout-Smith 11/11/2003.)

William Branwhite Clarke was Geological Surveyor of New South Wales in 1851-53, and reported on the southern and northern goldfields of the colony. He was a member of the Anglican Clergy and a leading scientific figure in colonial New South Wales. (University of Melbourne Bright Sparcs web site http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/biogs/P000312b.htm. -D. Tout-Smith 24/9/2003.)
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 55 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 98.02 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: museum history, natural history
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, Public Life & Institutions Collection, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, Royal Society of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Royal Society of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Sir Frederick McCoy, University Professor & Museum Director (1817-1899), William Branwhite Clarke, Minister & Geological Surveyor (1798-1878), Branch Mints of the Royal Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: natural sciences
Series: Australian Prize Medals
DateEra: 1881 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Clarke 3/4 right; around, WILLIAM BRANWHITE CLARKE M.A. F.R.S.; below, 1878; in small letters below left of bust, J.S. & A.B. WYON
Reverse Description: Within wreath of Australian native plants, FOR / RESEARCHES / IN / NATURAL / SCIENCE; around, THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF NEW SOUTH WALES . SYDNEY .
Edge Description: Inscribed, FREDERICK Mc COY, F.R.S. 1881
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Royal Society of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1881
Mint: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1878
Artist: Joseph Wyon, England, Great Britain, 1878
Artist: A. Wyon, England, Great Britain, 1878
Commissioned By: Royal Society of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1878
Awarded To: Sir Frederick McCoy, Victoria, Australia, 1881
Person Depicted: Reverend William Clarke
References: Car. 1878/5

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