Australia Victoria Bendigo
Medal - Geelong Industrial & Juvenile Exhibition Silver Prize Medal - 1879 - 80 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Artist: Altmann, E.A.
Other Details: This is an unissued specimen of the prize medal at the Bendigo Juvenile & Industrial Exhibition, retained as a reference by the Melbourne Mint. Juvenile industrial exhibitions were held to to encourage young people to compete in 'works of industry and usefulness', to impress the dignity and honour of labour, to nurture those in the trades, to show handiwork, to share ideas, to develop the idea of 'useful employment' in leisure hours and to create a 'taste for the fine arts and ornamental works, so as to make the home attractive' (Official Record, Australian Juvenile Industrial Exhibition, Ballarat, 1890).
An unissued silver prize medal (35 mm diameter) featuring the Shield of Geelong with the motto THE RIGHT USE OF GOD'S GIFTS
Within a wreath of rose, thistle, shamrock, grape vine, the Shield of Geelong with the motto THE RIGHT USE OF GOD'S GIFTS
Around on broad rim, GEELONG INDUSTRIAL & JUVENILE EXHIBITION 1879 - 80 at centre AWARDED TO (space for the winner's details to be engraved)
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Obverse: THE RIGHT USE OF GOD'S GIFTS Reverse: GEELONG INDUSTRIAL & JUVENILE EXHIBITION 1879 - 80 AWARDED TO
Type of item
35 mm (Outside Diameter), 31.73 g (Weight)