Summary

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal, Museum of Victoria Halley's Comet, 1986 (AD)
Mint: Hafner Mint
Designer: John Sharples
Engraver: Emil Hafner
Other Details: A small number (25 ?) of pewter medals were produced as VIP gifts from the museum. This is one of many medals produced in Australia to celebrate the return of Halley's Comet in 1986. The comet is named after Halley because he foretold its return in 1758 and every 75 years thereafter. The period of its orbit is by coincidence close to that of a human lifetime, perhaps explaining why this, among all comets, is the most famous.

Physical Description

Bust of Halley facing right, around above, EDMOND HALLEY; below, MUSEUM OF VICTORIA in small letters near the back of the truncation the atrist's name, HAFNER At the centre a dot representing the comet, radiate with the top beam surrounded by the comet-tail at sides, COMET HALLEY; above, AUSTRALIA; below, 1986

Obverse Description

Bust of Halley facing right, around above, EDMOND HALLEY; below, MUSEUM OF VICTORIA in small letters near the back of the truncation the atrist's name, HAFNER

Reverse Description

At the centre a dot representing the comet, radiate with the top beam surrounded by the comet-tail at sides, COMET HALLEY; above, AUSTRALIA; below, 1986

Edge Description

Plain

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