Rare 1862 London International Exhibition Bronze Prize Medallion awarded to G. P. BIDDER
Here on offer is scarce example of an 1862 London International Exhibition bronze prize medallion.
Following the success of the Great Exhibition of 1851, another exhibition was held between 1st May and 15th November 1862. The exhibition building stood in the gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society in Kensington and was opened by the Duke of Cambridge. It was demolished in 1864.
The obverse of the medallion, features a finely detailed allegorical scene of Britannia seated on a raised dais beside a crouching lion being courted by six women representing Science, Art, Industry and Agriculture.
There are also the names D. MACLISE R. A. DES. LEONARD C. WYON FEC in small lettering at the lower edge.
The reverse shows an intricately engraved wreath with:
This translates roughly to "Presented in London for the Sake of Honour”.
There is also the name LEONARD C. WYON in small lettering at the lower edge.
I believe this large medal was made by Leonard Charles Wyon and designed by Daniel Maclise.
The edge is engraved with the award recipient’s name:
G. P. BIDDER, C. E., JUROR. CLASS V.
This medallion has a wonderful rich dark aged patina finish to the bronze, which implies it has never been cleaned since it was minted 159 years ago.
There are some overall light surface scratches to the finish and a small rubbed area near the top on the obverse.
There are also a couple of slight dings to the top edges.
It measures 3” (7.6cm) long and 0.25” (0.6cm) thick.
It weighs a heavy 223g.
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