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1879: International Exhibition, Sydney NSW Medallion

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Price: $ 195.00
MPN: Box 14
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1879: International Exhibition, Sydney NSW Large Bronze Medallion Unnamed.


On the 17 September 1879, the Sydney International Exhibition opened the doors of its main building the ‘Garden Palace’. Like other international exhibitions held around the world it proved an enormous success.


The main feature of the Sydney exhibition was an ornate building, the ‘Garden Palace’, which was over 244 metres long and had a floor space of over 112,000 metres. Designed by the Colonial Architect James Barnet the building included 4.5 million feet of timber, 2.5 million bricks and 243 tons of galvanised corrugated iron; all of which was lost when the ‘Garden Palace’ was destroyed by fire in 1882.

 
The medals all featured the same obverse (front) design by Samuel Begg and Australian floral reverse by James Sayers. The main prize medals awarded were a large and a small bronze.  This is a large bronze prize medal (76 mm) featuring a view of the Sydney Garden Palace Exhibition Building with a figure of New South Wales standing in front holding the colonial shield and surrounded by exhibition goods.

Obverse

Central effigy of allegorical figure of New South Wales, holding the colonial shield and surrounded by exhibition goods, Sydney Garden Palace Exhibition Building in background, surrounding legend "INTERNATIONAL. EXHIBITION. SYDNEY. N.S.W. M.D.CCC.LXXIX", interior legend "ORTA. RECENS. QUAM. PURA. NITES", in exergue, the artists names "J.S. & A.B. WYON".

Reverse

Wreath of Australian native flora, in exergue, the artists names "J.S. & A.B. WYON".