Summary

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Australian Bicentenary International Trade Fair 1988 (AD)
Mint: Stokes Australasia
Other Details: Australian Bicentenary medal, issued to commemorate the International Trade Fair held in 1988. More commonly known as the Brisbane Expo, it was a six-month event from April 30 to October 30 1988, at South Bank, Brisbane. Featuring the theme 'Leisure in the Age of Technology', it was the first free enterprise expo, meeting costs through sponsorship, ticket sales, rental of exhibition space and the resale of the site.

Physical Description

A gold plated mirror-proof strike medal issued to mark Stokes involvement in the Bicentennial Trade fair featuring the Royal Exhibition Building as depicted on a Stokes & Martin medal of 1888 and a record of Stokes involvement in Melbourne International exhibitions and their centenaries.

Obverse Description

Melbourne Exhibition Buildings; above, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION; in exergue, * 1888 - 89 * / MELBOURNE; on ground line, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE (based on original 1888 die)

Reverse Description

Bicentennial logo (map), above, THE AUSTRALIAN BICENTENNIAL; below, Stokes / PROUD EXHIBITORS / 1880 . 1888 . 1980 / 1988 / INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

More commonly known as the Brisbane Expo, it was a six-month event from April 30 to October 30 1988, at South Bank, Brisbane. Featuring the theme ‘Leisure in the Age of Technology’, it was the first free enterprise expo, meeting costs through sponsorship, ticket sales, rental of exhibition space and the resale of the site. -Yates, C., 1998. 'Spectacle in the City'. -Queensland University of Technology web site http://www.bee.qut.edu.au/people/armstroh/river/x1exp/kate.pdf. -D. Tout-Smith 26/2/2004.

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