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Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition, Silver Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 10807

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition, Silver 1880 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: Noone, John
Other Details: This Melbourne International Exhibition medal is one of many medals awarded to Melbourne photographer and lithographer John Noone in the 1870s and 1880s. He was Chairman of Jury Section V at the Exhibition, assessing 'Photographic Proofs and Apparatus' (Official Record, p.43) and won this particular medal himself for his 'Post-lithographic and Photo-Zincographic Reproductions of Manuscript, Lithographed or Engraved Maps' (Jury Section 1 - Fine Arts - Official Record, p.427). The jurors were annoyed with the presentation of some of this category, complaining that 'the British collection was so poorly placed, being hung upon one of the staircases, wherre proper inspection is almost impossible' (op.cit., p.22). Most of Noone's medals were won in Australian exhibitions, but he was also successful in London and at the Bengal Photographic Society exhibition of 1874. The Melbourne International Exhibition ran from 1 October 1880 to 30 April 1881. The exhibition building that still stands was constructed for the occasion, designed by Joseph Reed and built by David Mitchell. Over 1.3 million people visited the exhibition at a time when Melbourne's population was only around 282,000.
Description:
A silver prize medal (51 mm diameter) awarded to J. Noone for his entry of engraved maps. It features a veiled head of Queen Victoria.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 91.86 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: engraving, exhibitions, mapping, photography
Themes this item is part of: Harry Stokes, Medal Artist (circa 1840-?), Images & Image Making Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne international exhibition 1880-1881
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1880 AD
Obverse Description: At centre, head of Queen Victoria left, veiled and diademed; around, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX :
Reverse Description: Within wreath, "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES"
Edge Description: J. NOONE, MELBOURNE _ ENGRAVED MAPS
Inscriptions: Edge impressed: J. NOONE, MELBOURNE _ ENGRAVED MAPS
Obverse: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX
Reverse: "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" below in tiny letters, H.STOKES
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), Victoria, Australia, 1880
Artist: Harry Stokes, Victoria, Australia, 1880
Awarded To: John Noone, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Melbourne, 1882
  2. [Article] Pryde, Pam. 2006. John Noone, Government Photo-lithographer, 1861-1888. Script & Print: Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand. 30 (1): 31-38.

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