White metal commemorative medal from the International Exhbition, Melbourne 1880-1881
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: This medal was struck for sale to visitors to the exhibition. It features a view of the Exhibition Building as seen from the the south-east and on a portrait of Queen Victoria. It has been holed. 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 white metal medal (38 mm diameter) featuring a view of the Exhibition Building as seen from the the south-east and on the reverse an portrait of Queen Victoria facing left wearing a coronet. The medal has been holed probably originally had a loop and ribbon so that it could be worn.
At centre within a broad rim a head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing coronet and with hair tied in a small bun behind. around on broad rim; THE VICTORIA MEDAL
A view of the Exhibition Building as seen from the the south-east; INTERNATIONAL / EXHIBITION / 1880 MELBOURNE 1881 in the exergue with the makers name on the exergue line in small letters, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: THE VICTORIA MEDAL on wide rim aroun Queen's head Reverse: INTERNATIONAL / EXHIBITION / 1880 MELBOURNE 1881 and the makerd name in small letters on the exergue line, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE
Type of item
38 mm (Outside Diameter), 22.08 g (Weight)
Round with hole
[Book] 1882. Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881.