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Medal - Australian Bicentenary, Australian Bicentennial Authority, Australia, 1988 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20291

Summary:
Gold-plated commemorative medal of the Australian Bicentenary. Issued by the Australian Bicentennial Authority. Designed by Michael Meszaros and minted by the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, 1988.

This gold-plated medal was presented to official guests at the opening of the National Science and Technology Centre. The obverse, by the Melbourne artist Michael Meszaros, depicts people coming from all directions to gather around the Australian flag. The reverse features the Bicentennial logo by Michael Tracey. It is contained in a clear plastic holder which fits into a green case with the bicentennial logo on its top and the legend 'National / Science and Technology / Centre / 23 November 1988 / THE OFFICIAL / BICENTENNIAL / COMMEMORATIVE / MEDALLION'. This medal was presented to Boyce Pizzey, who represented Scienceworks at the opening.
Statement Of Significance:
For over half a century, sculptors Andor (1900-1973) and Michael (1945- ) Meszaros have created medals that reflect the high points of life in Australia. From major awards and portraits of eminent Australians to artwork celebrating popular culture and the natural world, these objects illuminate our culture and history. Grounded in a centuries-old European art tradition, the medals create connections across disciplines and link such diverse subjects as scientific advances, religious themes, sport, the performing arts and motherhood. Through their public and private commissions and their personal artworks, the Meszaros sculptors have defined the modern Australian medal.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Boyce Pizzey, 1988
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 50 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 61.58 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: australian bicentenary 1788-1988, celebrations, science technology centres, medals, the first one on show
Themes this item is part of: Michael Meszaros, Sculptor & Medal Artist (1945-), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Andor Mészáros, Medal Artist (1900-1972), Royal Australian Mint, Deakin, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Meszaros Medals Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: bicentenary of australia
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1988 AD
Obverse Description: Near the centre a space from which a flagpole with the Australian flag rises, gathered around is a large crowd with more people coming from all directions; above, CELEBRATION OF A NATION; on the right rim in tiny letters the artist's name, M.MESZAROS
Reverse Description: AUSTRALIAN BICENTENARY 1788 - 1988 Bicentennial logo in centre
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Gold-plated
Issued By: Australian Bicentennial Authority, Australia, 1988
Mint: Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1988
Artist: Michael Meszaros, Kew, Victoria, Australia, 1988
Designer: Michael Tracey, Maleny, Queensland, Australia, 1988
Presented To: Mr Boyce Pizzey - Museum Victoria Scienceworks, 1988
Organiser of Event: National Science & Technology Centre, Australia, 1988
Bibliography:
  1. [Catalogue] Sharples, John P. 1990. Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition.
  2. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1986. Michael Meszaros: The Man and his Medals. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 2: 4-24.

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