Australia New South Wales
Horticultural Society of New South Wales Bronze Prize c 1860 (AD)
Mint: Thornthwaite
Awarded to: Not issued
Other Details: Horticultural Society of New South Wales bronze prize medal. The medal was not issued. Agricultural and horticultural societies aimed to promote agriculture in the colony; to improve farmers' skills and equipment; to diversify production; to improve plant and animal stock; to publish information gathered; to maintain links with societies and agriculturalists overseas; to present trophies and awards to encourage improvements; and to hold annual fairs. Horticultural societies were particularly interested in plant exchanges and propagation.

Physical Description

A bronze prize medal (62 mm. diameter) struck for the Hortocultural Society of New South Wales by the Sydney private mint of J.C. Thornthwaite. This example has not been engraved with a winners name. It features a staghorn plant.

Obverse Description

At centre a Staghorn; around, HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY NEW SOUTH WALES; across PERSISTERE EST PROSPERARE; in small letters on either side of the word SOUTH, THORNTHWAITE SYDNEY

Reverse Description

Within a wreath of canes, PRESENTED/TO (space for name of winner)

Edge Description


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