Australia Victoria Shire of Kyneton
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee 1897 (AD)
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Other Details: Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897 was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. It prompted many Australian local governments to issue commemorative medals. This medal was issued by the Shire of Kyneton, located in Victoria's central highlands. The town grew significantly during the gold rush, providing food and shelter for prospectors en route to the goldfields of Clunes, Castlemaine and Bendigo. Kyneton was proclaimed a municipality in 1857. The rail link from Melbourne arrived in 1862, further boosting the fortunes of the town. The Shire of Kyneton was proclaimed a shire on 18 January 1865.

Obverse Description

Jugate busts, young & old Queen Victoria; around, QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH YEAR OF REIGN * 1837 TO 1897 * (stops on either side of date in form of stars).

Reverse Description

At centre within wide rim Royal Arms with lion and unicorn supporters above two shields featuring ploughs in front of wheast sheaf, sheep, steam train and mining tools, below on ribbon the motto, NON NOBIS SOLUM around on broad rim, SHIRE OF KYENTON * VICTORIA, ESTD. 1865 *

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