Medallion No. 6
Image courtesy of Downies
This medallion was issued to commemorate the centenary of the Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) General Post Office (GPO).
This 38 mm diameter medallion was designed by W E Curran (of the NAV) and struck by K G Luke, Melbourne in the following metals:
¨ Oxidised silver (30, numbered 41 to 70
¨ Bronze (40, numbered 1 to 40)
All medals were individually numbered.
A lead trial strike exists showing both obverse and reverse. An official presentation of a bronze medallion was made to the Postal Department.
The obverse design features two shields, the left with a view of the Melbourne GPO in 1859 and the right with a view of the building in 1959, with a representation of mercury (Roman messenger of the gods); the legend below the shields is “. NUMISMATIC . ASSN . OF . VICTORIA”
The reverse has the legend “STRUCK TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE G.P.O. MELBOURNE : NOW THE ELIZABETH ST. P.O.” (around), with “~ BUILDING ~ COMMENCED 3.7.1856 1ST STAGE COMPLETED 1857 ~ RECONSTRUCTION ~ COMMENCED 1890 COMPLETED 1895 HEIGHT GROUND TO TOP OF TOWER – 199 FT.” (in centre in eight lines).