Medal - Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association Bronze Prize c. 1875 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne
Other Details: An unissued bronzed proof-like specimen for the Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association, from the Melbourne Mint reference collection. Reverse die cut by renowned medalist Julius Hogarth. The Association was established by at least 1859, and serviced a wide region bounded by the coastline west of Melbourne, extending from Cape Otway almost as far as Portland. Like contemporary agricultural societies, it would have provided support to rural communities, encouraged the improvement of agricultural practices, held annual shows and competitions and exposed farmers to new technologies.
An unissued bronzed proof-like strike of the prize medal (38 mm diameter) featuring a horse, bull, sheep, wheat-sheaf, plough scarifier and scythe. The lettering on the obverse is in an unusual script with the letter 'e' looking much like a 'r'.
The lettering on the obverse is in an unusual script with the letter 'e' looking much like a 'r'. Around rim, Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association +
At centre, a horse, bull, sheep, wheat-sheaf, plough scarifier and scythe; in exergue, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE The artist's initials IH are hidden below the bull's hind leg.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
circa 1875 AD
Obverse: Villirrs & hrytrsbury Agricultural Association (Villiers & Heytesbury Agricultural Association) Reverse: Stokes & Martin Melbourne IH
Type of item
31.98 g (Weight)