Summary

Australia Victoria Ararat
Medal - Shire of Ararat Victorian Sesquicentenary 1985 (AD)
Mint: Brim
Other Details: A gold-plated medal issued by the Shire of Ararat to commemorate the sesquicentenary of Victoria in 1984-5. It features the City Shields below the Rising Sun, the shields incorporate mining and rural themes, and the sesquicentenary logo. The Shire of Ararat was established in 1864, seven years after gold had been discovered near the site of the future town of Ararat. Ararat's Canton Lead was one of the world's richest shallow alluvial goldfields, and attracted 20,000 prespectors within weeks of its discovery. Its population in the 1850s included a large proportion of Chinese diggers. The Ararat region also became known for the quality of its wool and its wine industry.

Physical Description

A gold plated medal issued by the Shire of Ararat to commemorate the sesquicentenary of Victoria in 1984-5. It features the City Shields below the Rising Sun, the shields incorporate mining and rural themes, and the sesquicentenary logo.

Obverse Description

Within a wide rim formed by a line circle, two crossed shields above the British Royal Arms and below the rising sun, the shields depict a mine head and a plough in front of a wheat sheaf; around, SHIRE OF ARARAT

Reverse Description

Logo of the Victorian sesquicentenary; below, VICTORIA 150 / GROWING TOGETHER 1984-5 at rim in small letters the mint name, BRIM MELB

Edge Description

Plain

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