This is a general purpose medal of the Australian Abstinence movement. It was minted by Stokes & Martin, circa 1885.

Several organisations in nineteenth century Victoria were established to promote temperance, oppose the extension of hotel licences, and educate children and adults about the dangers of alcohol. They included the Order of the Sons of Temperance, the International Order of Good Templars and the Band of Hope.

Obverse Description

At centre within triangle a radiate six-point star; around on triangle, LOVE PURITY & FIDELITY

Reverse Description

Within wreath of roses entwined with ribbon bearing the words HEALTH INNOCENCE PEACE, and below clasped hands, I DO AGREE / TO ABSTAIN / BY GODS HELP / FROM ALL / INTOXICATING / LIQUORS / AS A / BEVERAGE. At base of wreath the artist's initials T S

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