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Medal - International Exhibition, London, Prize, Great Britain, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 23857

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): London World Exposition 1862 Medal

Class 1 bronze medal awarded to Sir Frederick McCoy 'for collection of fossils, illustrating the order of the sedimentary rocks, and for good engraved plates of fossils' at the International Exhibition, London. The medal was struck by the Royal Mint, London.

The exhibition was held in South Kensington, 1 May - 15 November 1862. The exhibition's organizers hoped to surpass the wildly successful London World Exposition of 1851, and certainly more exhibits were displayed from more exhibitors in more countries. It was possibly too ambitious, the architecture of the exhibition was soundly criticized, and the recent death of Albert and non-attendance of Queen Victoria at the opening cast a solemn mood.
Description:
Obverse: Britannia seated on a raised dais beside a crouching lion surrounded by six women representing Industry, Agriculture and The Arts,and inscription.

Reverse: Inscription within a wreath of oak.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 77 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: weight > 100 g

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Tagged with: exhibitions, exhibitions london international industry art 1862, museum history
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Mint, London, Sir Frederick McCoy, University Professor & Museum Director (1817-1899), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Leonard Charles Wyon, Engraver (1826-1891)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: exhibition prizes
Series: Exhibition
DateEra: 1862 AD
Obverse Description: Britannia seated on a raised dais beside a crouching lion surrounded by six women representing Industry, Agriculture and The Arts, in small letter below the lion, D. MACLISE R.A. DES. LEONARD C. WYON FEC.
Reverse Description: Within a wreath of oak, 1862 / LONDINI / HONORIS / CAUSA and in small letters the artist's name, L.C. WYON FEC.
Edge Description: Impressed, PROF. FREDK. McCOY. CLASS I
Inscriptions: Obverse: in small letter below the lion, D. MACLISE R.A. DES. LEONARD C. WYON FEC.

Reverse: 1862 / LONDINI / HONORIS / CAUSA and in small letters the artist's name, L.C. WYON FEC.

On edge, impressed, PROF. FREDK. McCOY. CLASS I
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: England, Great Britain, 1862
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Australia
Artist: Leonard Wyon - Royal Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1862
Artist: D Maclise, 1862
Awarded To: Sir Frederick McCoy, Victoria, Australia, 1862
References: Brown 2747

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