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Commemorative Medals

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  • Tasmania – Cessation of Transportation Medal – Cast 1853

    Tasmania – Cessation of Transportation Medal – Cast 1853

    A very good example of the dual-purpose Cessation of Transportation (to Tasmania) medal and 50-year Jubilee medal. Often found with an offensive hole drilled presumably so it could be worn … ours free of this blight and in pretty good condition.

    The Anti-transportation league received good news from England via the steamer Harbinger that had reached Melbourne with the official notification that the transportation of convicts to Van Diemens Land was over. The name change to Tasmania was not officially in effect until 1856.

    Nine thousand pewter medals were cast and given to children in the Colony, 4000 in Hobart, 3000 in Launceston and the rest in outlying areas. 100 bronze examples were cast and given to the movers and shakers in the anti-transportation league and one gold example which was given to Queen Victoria.

    A substantial medal 58 mm in diameter and 4 mm thick, 65 gm. With a portrait of Queen Victoria on one side and the Australian Coat of Arms with Sun Rising and Emu and Kangaroo Supports.

    A unique dual celebration and an important Colonial Medal.

    $390.00

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  • Brisbane City Medal Celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee 1897

    Brisbane City Medal Celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee 1897

    Minted by Stokes and Sons, 31 mm diameter circa 14 gms weight. Reference Carlisle 1897/43

    Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with enthusiasm around the Commonwealth. This medal was issued by the Municipality of Brisbane to celebrate the event.

    On the obverse we have Jugate busts of a young and older Queen Victoria, around Queen Victoria’s 60th Year of Reign *1837 to 1897* … mint name Stokes & Sons in tiny letter on the rim below the date.

    The reverse has at its centre within a wide rim the Shield of the Municipality, quartered with top left … horses, sheep and bull; top right … farmer with plough, wheat sheaf and spade; bottom left early steam-ship and lighthouse; bottom right … sailing ship at Brisbane Port loading produce including bale of wool and barrels. Around the rim *Municipality of Brisbane* Incorporated 1859.

    Collectable Victoriana Unique to Brisbane.

    $80.00

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  • Abel Tasman Medal – 350th Anniversary of the Discovering of the West Coast of Tasmania 1642-1992

    Abel Tasman Medal – 350th Anniversary of the Discovering of the West Coast of Tasmania 1642-1992

    An interesting medallion for historians and the cartographically inspired. Produced for the Trust Bank of Tasmania.

    48 mm diameter, 42 gm, intricately engraved on one side with gum leaf design on reverse.

    The intricate design has a map of the central west coast of Tasmania noting Zeehan, Queenstown and Strahan; a nice image of Tasman’s vessel and a compass rose. Narrative details of the sighting 24th November 1642 and the landing at Tasman Bay on the East side on the 3rd of December 1642.

    Tasman – first European sighting commemorated

    $70.00

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  • George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait – Commemorative Bronze Medal – 1968

    George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait – Commemorative Bronze Medal – 1968

    George Bass, Surgeon and Explorer carried out two voyages to confirm the Bass Strait and the separation of Tasmania (then Van Diemen’s Land) from mainland Australia – known affectionately in Tasmania as “The Other Island”.

    First, in 1797 he set off in an open whaleboat with a crew of six. They sailed to Cape Howe at the farthest point of South-east Australia and, from there sailed west along the Gippsland coast to Western Point, at the entrance to Port Phillip. Observations of the rapid tide and long south-western swell supported his view that a large Strait lay in front of him.

    In 1798 he set out again, with Matthew Flinders in the sloop Norfolk and circumnavigated Van Diemen’s Land. They visited the Derwent River which had previously been named by Captain John Hayes. On return to Sydney, Flinders promoted the naming of the Strait after Bass … the then Governor, John Hunter agreed.

    Bass’s later life was adventurous and possibly … likely … tragic, making the date of his death noted on the medal questionable.

    The medal was struck in 1968. It was produced by K.G. Luke & Sons, Melbourne for the Numismatic Association of Victoria. 160 examples were produced in this bronze form and a similar number in silver. 50mm in diameter, 48gms weight, with a high relief bust of Bass facing right, carrying his spyglass. On the reverse a delightful image of the whaleboat, the sloop Norfolk and the chart and route of the vessels, appropriately dated.

    Unusual medal to celebrate the achievements of George Bass

    $140.00

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  • Bass and Flinders – Circumnavigation of Tasmania – 200th Anniversary Medal

    Bass and Flinders – Circumnavigation of Tasmania – 200th Anniversary Medal

    Together Matthew Flinders and George Bass were the first to circumnavigate Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), in HM Sloop Norfolk, in 1788/89.

    This large fine limited run medal was produced in Tasmania to celebrate the 200th anniversary i.e. 1998/99.

    Only 120 were produced in this form, this being number 53, marked to the rim. Cast in white metal, 800 mm diameter, 115gms weight. Strong deep profile, fine condition.

    Carries the bust of both Flinders an Bass either side of the sloop’s mast, with descriptive text. On the reverse a map of Van Diemen’s Land with the route taken marked and a fine and substantial depiction of the vessel fully rigged.

    Limited numbered run of important maritime celebration.

    $130.00

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  • James Cook Bicentennial Medal (1970) by Andor Meszaros

    James Cook Bicentennial Medal (1970) by Andor Meszaros

    A striking medal issues by the National Trust of Australia in 1970 to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of James Cook’s discovery of the east coast of mainland Australia.

    Copper bronze 50mm in diameter, weigh 60gm (160gm cased). Heavy relief portrait of Cook dominates the right hand edge of the medal with the Endeavour helmsman covering the whole of the background … the impression is of is singularly focused observation of the fits sighting .. which would have been at Point Hicks. The narrative James Cook 1770-1970 to the left and below that the signature of the medallist Andor Meszaros. On the reverse the National Trust emblem. A fine example still housed in its original felt lined case all in fine condition. 3,000 medals were cast so it is not uncommon but how many still have their original case and remain unmarked.

    Hungarian born Andor Meszaros (1900-1972) perhaps Australia’s greatest medallist. He was a natural sculptor and held high positions in the art in Australia and, recognised by his peers internationally. His name was made as a medallist when he designed the Melbourne Olympic Games Medals in 1956 … he also designed the Australian Vietnam War Medal in 1968.

    James Cook honoured at 200 years by distinguished medallist Meszaros

    $70.00

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