Handcrafted prize medal in silver, Port Phillip Academical Institution, 1844. Awarded to W.R. Williamson for second prize in geography for the half year ending 31st December 1844.
Almost certainly made by lathe tooling an English crown flat and addiing two ornamental grooves around the periphery.
This is the earliest known surviving medal produced in the Port Phillip district.
Engraved: PORT PHILLIP ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION / ESTABLISHED / AUGST. 1ST / 1844.
Engraved: 2ND PRIZE GEOGRAPHY / FOR 1/2 YEAR / ENDING 31ST / DECR. 1844 / MASTR. W. WILLIAMSON.
This medal is significant as the earliest known surviving medal produced in the Port Phillip district. It is also significant as a surviving artefact of early educational institutinos in Port Phillip.
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[Article] Chapman, John. 1994. A Pioneer Piece of Port Phillip. Australian Numismatist. 3-12., 1994