Australia New South Wales Sydney
Sydney Mint Medal Queen Victoria in Bronze
Mint: Sydney
Other Details: Medal issued in 1901 to publicize the Sydney Branch of the Royal Mint, established in 1855. The Mint did not have the ability to prepare dies from artwork, obtaining its coinage dies directly from London. The Mint's ability to even harden engraved dies was questionable. The first major piece to be issued by the mint was struck in 1859: a commemorative medal awarded to those who attempted to rescue survivors of the Admella shipwreck near Portland in Victoria. The Mint closed in 1926.

Obverse Description

Veiled head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing coronet; around, VICTORIA REGINA Artist's name in small letters on truncation, L. C. WYON

Reverse Description

Arms of the Royal Mint with Tower of London and Tudor Rose to left and right of crown; around above, SYDNEY BRANCH OF THE ROYAL MINT below, ESTABLISHED 1855

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