Australia Victoria Melbourne
1875 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Awarded to: Messrs T. & A. Aitken
Other Details: Medal minted for the Victorian Intercolonial Exhibition, 1875 to select Victorian entries for the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, 1876. The Exhibition was opened in Melbourne in September 1875 and closed in November of the same year. Winning exhibits were sent to Philadelphia for display in its Centennial Exhibition, which opened on 10 May 1876. This medal was designed by Oswald Rose Campbell, engraved by Julius Hogarth and struck by Stokes and Martin.

Physical Description

A bronze prize medal (69 mm diameter) awarded in Melbourne to the beer makers T. & A. Aitken from the Melbourne Philadelphia Exhibition. It features James Cook and Christopher Columbus resting arms on a globe showing the Pacific Ocean (Cook on the side showing Australia and Columbus on the American side) and each carrying a navigational tool of their era.

Obverse Description

At centre a globe showing the Pacific ocean; left James Cook, right Christopher Colombus, below, MELBOURNE 1875; in ex.; PHILADELPHIA 1876

Reverse Description

At centre within wreats, INGENS / PATEAT TELLVS / ***** / NEC SIT TERRIS / VLTIMA / THVLE

Edge Description

MESSRS T & [......]KEN

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