Australia Victoria Queenscliff
Edward VII Coronation medal, 1902 (AD)
Mint: Stokes
Proof-like specimen strike, not holed
Other Details: The coronation of Edward VII in 1902 prompted major celebrations in Australia. It was an opportunity for the new nation to reaffirm its pride at being a key member of the British Empire. Over 40 different medals were produced around Australia. Queenscliff is a township at the western entrance to Port Phillip Bay. Originally called Whale Head, it was re-named Shortland's Bluff in 1837 and Queenscliffe in 1853 by Lt. Governor C. J. La Trobe, after Queen Victoria. The town serviced light houses at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay, and a thriving local fishing industry developed, utilizing access to both the Bay and to Bass Strait. During the later nineteenth century it became a popular seaside resort, with direct access to Melbourne via steamship.

Obverse Description

At centre, within line circle conjoined busts of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra; around, EDWARD VII AND ALEXANDRA 0; below, CROWNED 26 JUNE / 1902. Struck on a shield shaped flan with a crown and loop at the top

Reverse Description

At centre lighthouse within fenced enclosure, three-masted ship stands off Heads (sails down) around, BOROUGH OF QUEENSCLIFF * STATIO TUTISSMA NAUTIS above, CR. JOHN SHEEHAN, MAYOR

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