50th Anniversary of Commonwealth of Australia Schools Medal 1951 (AD)
Awarded to: School Children of the Commonwealth of Australia
Other Details: Medal awarded to the school children of Australia in 1951 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Federation of Australia. The design was chosen after a competition, with the valuable cash prize of two hundred guineas. It was won by John Wolfgang Elischer for his depiction of a man hand-sowing wheat. The wheat has grown to represent the seven States of Australia on the other side of the medal. Elischer was an Austrian sculptor and an Associate of the Royal Academy.
This medal has a red white and blue ribbon and a bar inscribed SUNRAYSIA
Medal featuring man advancing right sowing seeds by hand; at left 1901, at right 1951 in tiny letters near ground right, J.W.E. (obverse) At top a star; below, FIFTY YEARS / COMMONWEALTH / OF AUSTRALIA; below seven ears of wheat representing the States and Northern Territory (reverse) Red white and blue ribbon and bar inscribed SUNRAYSIA
Man advancing right sowing seeds by hand; at left 1901, at right 1951 in tiny letters near ground right the artist's initials, J.W.E.
At top a star; below, FIFTY YEARS / COMMONWEALTH / OF AUSTRALIA; below seven ears of wheat representing the States and Northern Territory
Given to school children
1901 1951 J.W.E. FIFTY YEARS COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA SUNRAYSIA
Type of item
26 mm (Length), 87 mm (Width), 4 mm (Height), 13.15 g (Weight)
Height to top of ring 41 mm.
Round with loop, bar and ribbon