Summary

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne Exhibition Commemorative
Silver commemorative medal from the International Exhbition, Melbourne 1880-1881
Other Details: This medal was struck for sale to visitors to the exhibition. It features view of the Exhibition Building from the south-east and the text of the Lord's Prayer. It has a small hole near the top but the reverse die has been mounted upside-down so that the small circly to indicate where the hole was to be placed is at the top and the hole passes through the word AMEN.

Physical Description

Silver commemorative medal from the International Exhbition, Melbourne 1880-1881. It features view of the Exhibition Building from the south-east and the text of the Lord's Prayer. It has a small hole near the top on the obverse, but the reverse die has been mounted upside-down so that the small circly to indicate where the hole was to be placed is at the top and the hole passes through the word AMEN.

Obverse Description

A view of the Exhibition Building from the south-east; in exergue, INTERNATIONAL / EXHIBITION / MELB. 1881

Reverse Description

OUR / FATHER / WHO ART IN HEAVEN / HALLOWED BE THY NAME / THY KINGDOM COME / THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH / AS IT IS IN HEAVEN / GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD / FORGIUE (sic) US OUR TRESPASSES / AS WE FORGIVE THEM / THAT TRESPASS AGAINST US / LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION / BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL / FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM / THE POWER / & THE GLORY / FOR EVER & EVER / A[M]EN

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

The Lord's Prayer was employed to illustrate the quality of the die-sinking and occurs on a number of Exhibition medals from around Australia. Stokes also manufactured 60,000 medals with the Lord's Prayer and bust of Jesus for export to London in the mid 1860's (Chitty Catalogue p.40)

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