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Medal - Melbourne Exhibition Emperor of Germany Prize 1880
Other Details: This is a silver strike of the medal issued to award to finalists in the Emperor of Germany's Prize. Gold medals were awarded to the finalists with their name engraved withing the wreath on the reverse. This silver piece was specially struck for the Melbourne Mint reference collection. The Melbourne International Exhibition ran from 1 October 1880 to 30 April 1881. The exhibition building that still stands was constructed for the occasion, designed by Joseph Reed and built by David Mitchell. Over 1.3 million people visited the exhibition at a time when Melbourne's population was only around 282,000.
A silver medal from the dies used to strike gold prizes issued to finalists in the Emperor of Germany's Prize. It features a view of the complete 1880 Exhibition Buildings as seen from above from the north west corner.
At centre, a view of the complete 1880 Exhibition Buildings as seen from above from the north west corner; in exergue, RECOMMENDED FOR EMPEROR OF GERMANY'S PRIZE
Around an olive wreath on a broad rim; MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION * 1880 *
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Obverse: RECOMMENDED FOR EMPEROR OF GERMANY'S PRIZE Reverse: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION * 1880 *
Type of item
22 mm (Outside Diameter), 6.71 g (Weight)
[Book] 1882. Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881.