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Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition, Gold, Victoria, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 32583

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition Gold 1880 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: William Bliss & Son for Woollen Goods
Other Details: This gold medal was awarded to the English Company William Bliss & Son for its exhibit of Worsted and Woollen Goods (Jury Section XVI - Official Record, p.319). The jury remarked on the company's display of a 'great variety of goods, including shawls and rugs' (p.107). It was one of 14 British companies to recieve a gold medal in this class. The company also won an Exhibition certificate for their display of Shawls in the same class. William Bliss & Son was a woollen manufacturer based in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England. 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.
Gold medal awarded to William Bliss & Son for Woollen Goods. It features a head of Queen Victoria facing left wearing coronet and veil by Harry Stokes (name on truncation), with the legend MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX : The reverse has the legend "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" WITHIN A CLOSED OLIVE WREATH and the artist's name H. STOKES in small letters at the bottom
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 51.161 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, gold, royal exhibition building, trading, wool
Themes this item is part of: Harry Stokes, Medal Artist (circa 1840-?), Royal Exhibition Building 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: Head of Queen Victoria, wearing small crown and veil left; around, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX .
Reverse Description: At centre within closed wreath, "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" below in tiny letters, H.STOKES
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX . around veiled head of Queen Victoria, (obverse)
"VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES" within wreath, below wreath in small letters, H.STOKES (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), 1880
Artist: Harry Stokes, 1880
Awarded To: William Bliss & Son, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, Great Britain, 1880
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
References: Car. 1880/18
  1. [Book], Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Melbourne, 1882

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