Proof-like specimen strike, not holed medal, 1902.
The coronation of Edward VII in 1902 prompted major celebrations in Australia. It was an opportunity for the new nation to reaffirm its pride at being a key member of the British Empire. Over 40 different medals were produced around Australia. This medal was issued by the Melbourne City Council and names Samuel Gillott as Mayor. Gillott was a lawyer and politician who had recently enjoyed hosting the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to Melbourne. With the advent of Federation, Melbourne was in the spotlight in 1901. Gillott entertained his royal guests lavishly, and in return was given the title 'lord mayor' and a knighthood.

Obverse Description

At centre, within line circle conjoined busts of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra; around, 'EDWARD VII AND ALEXANDRA'; below, 'CROWNED . 9 . AUG. / 1902'. Struck on a shield shaped flan with a crown and loop at the top.

Reverse Description

At centre, view of Melbourne Town Hall, above, 'PRESENTED BY / SIR SAMUEL GILLOTT'. Nothing in exergue.

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