1879 Sydney Exhibition Gold Medal

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1879 Sydney Exhibition Gold Medal

$11,750.00
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23385
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  • A compelling and rare example of late 19th medallic art
  • Official issue of the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition
  • Comprises approximately three troy ounces of gold
  • Thought to be one of only 12 issued
  • This majestic medal spans 51mm 
  • Was awarded to Pierre Tirard, who would become Prime Minister of France in the late 1880's

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Great rarity! Rare provenance!

An official issue of the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition, this exquisite huge gold medal is thought to be one of only 12 issued – and possibly one of only two in private hands! Presented to a man who would become Prime Minister of France, this great 19th century rarity is also notable for its powerful provenance. 

Medals were awarded to exhibitors, officials and dignitaries at the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition, including the magnificent gold medal seen here. The rarest Australian Exhibition medal type, the medal was awarded to Pierre Tirard. Minister for Agriculture & Commerce at the time, Tirard ultimately rose to become French Prime Minister in the late 1880s.

A compelling example of late 19th medallic art, this majestic medal spans 51mm, and comprises approximately three troy ounces of gold. We have brought back this stunning piece from Europe to Australian shores, and have rarely offered a medallion of such great beauty, exquisite quality and extraordinary rarity.

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Year of Issue1879
MetalGold
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