Australia New South Wales Sydney
Sydney Mint Medal George V in bronze
Other Details: Medal issued some time in the period 1911 to 1926 to publicize the Sydney Branch of the Royal Mint, established in 1855. The Mint did not have the ability to prepare dies from artwork, obtaining its coinage dies directly from London. The Mint's ability to even harden engraved dies was questionable. The first major piece to be issued by the mint was struck in 1859: a commemorative medal awarded to those who attempted to rescue survivors of the Admella shipwreck near Portland in Victoria. The Mint closed in 1926.
Crowned bust of George V, facing left.; around, GEORGIVS V REX ET IND:IMP: Artist's initials B.M. in tiny letters on truncation
Arms of the Royal Mint with Tower of London and Tudor Rose to left and right of crown; around above, SYDNEY BRANCH OF THE ROYAL MINT below, ESTABLISHED 1855
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Plain (edge) GEORGIVS V REX ET IND:IMP: Crowned bust of George V, Facing l.; B.M. under bust (obverse) SYDNEY BRANCH OF THE ROYAL MINT/ESTABLISHED 1855 (reverse)
Type of item
41 mm (Outside Diameter), 32.6 g (Weight)
Carlisle (1983), Ref# G/4.
[Book] Carlisle, Leslie J. 1983. Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788.