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88/301-3 Medal die, for Sydney International Exhibition medals, steel, designed by Samuel Begg, Sydney, engraved by A.B. & J.S. Wyon, London, England, used at Sydney Mint, New South Wales, Australia, 1879. Click to enlarge.

Medal die, for Sydney International Exhibition medals, steel, designed by Samuel Begg, Sydney, engraved by A.B. & J.S. Wyon, London, England, used at Sydney Mint, New South Wales, Australia, 1879

Made 1879

The Sydney International Exhibition (17 September 1879 to 20 April 1880) was a determining landmark in the history of the Colony of New South Wales - marking as it did - the State’s sense of achievement, progress, and aspirations. Among the most immediate mementos surviving from the exhibition are the prize medals - for which these dies were used in the manufacture of the Sydney Mint examples. The medals all featured the same obverse (front) design by Samuel Begg and Australian floral reverse by...

Summary

Object No.

88/301-3

Object Statement

Medal die, for Sydney International Exhibition medals, steel, designed by Samuel Begg, Sydney, engraved by A.B. & J.S. Wyon, London, England, used at Sydney Mint, New South Wales, Australia, 1879

Physical Description

Medal die, for Sydney International Exhibition medals, steel, designed by Samuel Begg, Sydney, engraved by A.B. & J.S. Wyon, London, England, used at Sydney Mint, New South Wales, Australia, 1879

Single master obverse die made for the Sydney International Exhibition medals. The die is engraved with an image of a woman in classical robes holding a wreath and shield, surrounded by various symbols of industry and the arts. An image of the Garden Palace is in the background. The outer ring is engraved with the text 'Sydney International Exhibition NSW M.D.CCC.LXXIX' and the inner circle with the text 'Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites' (recently risen, how brightly you shine).

Marks

Engraved on rough section of die with name and location of manufacturer, 'WYON / REGENT ST / LONDON'.
Stamped '404' and marked in yellow '102'.

Dimensions

Height

35 mm

Production

Made

1879

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Medal die, for Sydney International Exhibition medals, steel, designed by Samuel Begg, Sydney, engraved by A.B. & J.S. Wyon, London, England, used at Sydney Mint, New South Wales, Australia, 1879 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 August 2019, <https://ma.as/83899>

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