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Medal - Ashes Australian Victory, Uncirculated, Sunday Herald, Australia, 1989 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18532

Uncirculated nickel medal issued in 1989 by the Sydney newspaper the Sunday Herald to commemorate the Australian victory in the 1988 Ashes cricket series.
It features a portrait of Alan Border and, on the reverse, the Ashes Urn. The newspaper advertised a give-away of the medals on 8 October 1989. The Ashes tradition originated in England in August 1882, when an Australian cricket team defeated England, in England, for the first time. This prompted English journalist Reginald Brooks to write a mock obituary in The Sporting Times, saying that English cricket had died, and that the body would be cremated and the Ashes taken to Australia. The joke continued, and it is suggested that Lady Clarke, wife of Sir William Clarke, President of the Melbourne Cricket Club, burnt her veil and presented the ashes (puporting to be a bail) to English Captain Ivor Bligh, who was playing with his team at the Clarke property in Sunbury, Rupertswood, on Christmas Eve 1882.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Euan McGillivray, 1989
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 26 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.308 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: cricket, newspaper promotions, sport, the ashes, value
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sydney Sunday Herald, Newspaper
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: sport
Series: Commemorative
DateEra: 1989 AD
Obverse Description: Within a line circle three quarter facing head, below, 'ALAN BORDER' above, 'THE ASHES 1989'; below, 'AUSTRALIAN VICTORY'. Crossed bats at '03 & 09'.
Reverse Description: At centre within line circle, the Ashes Urn with batsmen left and right. Above, 'THE SUNDAY HERALD'; below 'COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL'; crossed bats at '06 & 09'.
Edge Description: Plain.
Inscriptions: Obverse; 'ALAN BORDER' above, 'THE ASHES 1989'; below, 'AUSTRALIAN VICTORY'. Crossed bats at '03 & 09'.
Reverse; 'THE SUNDAY HERALD' below, 'COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL'; crossed bats at '06 & 09'.
Shape: Round
Material: Nickel
Issued By: Sunday Herald, Australia, 1989
Person Depicted: Alan Border, Australia, 1989
References: References: -D. Tout-Smith 9/2003.

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