Summary

Australia Victoria Doncaster
Coronation of Edward VII 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. This medal was issued by the Shire of Doncaster, and names A. Serbe as Shire President. August Zerbe had served as President previously, and was due to retire from the position in August 1902. The Shire of Doncaster was located east-north-east of Melbourne. It had only been declared 12 years before it issued this medal, although settlements had begun to develop along the Koonung Koonung Creek and other streams in the Doncaster area from the 1850s. Fruit growing developed as the basis for Doncaster's economy. In 1902 the Shire included four churches, two state schools, three hotels, a bank and a post office. It had a population of 1,037 living in 215 houses, and covered 13 and a half square miles. Doncaster did not develop as a residential area until the 1960s and 70s.

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

SHIRE OF DONCASTER / PEACE / & / CORONATION CELEBRATION / JUNE 27TH / 1902 / A. ZERBE / PRESIDENT

Edge Description

Plain

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