Summary

Advance Australia badge, Australia, circa 1890 (AD). The badge is in the shape of an unofficial Australian coat of arms, although there are very few elements in common with the official Coat of Arms. It is likely that the badge was part of a movement supporting the Federation of Australia, which occurred in 1901.

There are some elements in common with the City of Melbourne coat of arms.

Physical Description

A copper badge with loops at top and bottom through which a copper pin is threaded. Badge is in the shape of a shield bearing a coat of arms with kangaroo and emu supporters (both with heads facing out). There is a rising sun at the top of a shield. On the shield, the top left quarter is a masted ship; the top right quarter is a fleece; the lower left quarter is miners' tools, and the lower right quarter is a sheaf of wheat. There are five stars on the bars which divide the shield. There is a scroll beneath the shield with text.

Obverse Description

The shape of a shield bearing a coat of arms with kangaroo and emu supporters (both with heads facing out). There is a rising sun at the top of a shield. On the shield, the top left quarter is a masted ship; the top right quarter is a fleece; the lower left quarter is miners' tools, and the lower right quarter is a sheaf of wheat. There are five stars on the bars which divide the shield. There is a scroll beneath the shield with text.

Reverse Description

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