Summary

Australia New South Wales Sydney
50th Anniversary of Archibald Fountain 1932 -1982 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Other Details: A gilt medal issued by M.R. Roberts to commemorate the 50th jubilee of the Archibald Fountain. The Archibald fountain was erected in Hyde Park North in 1932, bequeathed to the City of Sydney by J.F. Archibald, founder of the Bulletin newspaper. It commemorates the association between Australia and France in World War I, and is the work of French sculptor Francois Sicard. It depicts a bronze Apollo surrounded by other mythical figures. Archibald was fascinated by all things Parisian. He changed his name from John Feltham to Jules Francois and wore an unfashionable French-style beard.

Physical Description

A gilt medal issued by M.R. Roberts Bust of Archibald facing right inclined slightly to front, wearing glasses, suit and tie; around above; J.F. ARCHIBALD - ART BENEFACTOR; below, * 1856 - 1919 * Statue from the Archibald fountain set within radiate circle, right arm extended; around in broad rim, ARCHIBALD MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN * 1932 - 1982

Obverse Description

Bust of Archibald facing right inclined slightly to front, wearing glasses, suit and tie; around above; J.F. ARCHIBALD - ART BENEFACTOR; below, * 1856 - 1919 *

Reverse Description

Statue from the Archibald fountain set within radiate circle, right arm extended; around in broad rim, ARCHIBALD MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN * 1932 - 1982

Edge Description

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Significance

The Archibald fountain was erected in Hyde Park North in 1932, bequeathed to the City of Sydney by J.F. Archibald, founder of the Bulletin newspaper. It commemorates the association between Australia and France in World War I, and is the work of French sculptor Francois Sicard. It depicts a bronze Apollo surrounded by other mythical figures. Archibald was fascinated by all things Parisian. He changed his name from John Feltham to Jules Francois and wore an unfashionable French-style beard. -City of Sydney web site http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/waterexhibition/OrnamentalFountains/ArchibaldFountain.html. -D. Tout-Smith 5/1/2004.

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