Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne International Exhibition Bronze Prize 1880 (AD)
Other Details: This bronze prize medal was the specially struck proof specimen as an example of their work. 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.
This bronze prize medal was the specially struck proof specimen retained by the Melbourne Mint as an example of their work. 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.
Head of Queen Victoria, wearing small crown and veil left; around, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX .
Within closed wreath, "VITAM / EXCOLVERE / PER ARTES"; below in small 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) Plain (edge)
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