Aug 202014
 

Now part of The Perth Mint’s historical collection, this Prize Medal was issued by Australia’s oldest University.

Established in 1850, the University of Sydney was a trailblazer for higher education in colonial Australia.

Sydney University Prize Medal

University of Sydney Prize Medal

With the end of convict transportation to New South Wales in 1840 and the arrival of more and more free-settlers, many felt the need for a local university had become vital.

Influential colonist William Charles Wentworth, for example, believed that a university, secular and open to all, was essential for the growth of a self-governing Australian society. As a result of Wentworth’s efforts, a committee of the Legislative Assembly reported on the best means of instituting and maintaining at public expense a University in Sydney “for the promotion of literature and science”.

In an eloquent parliamentary speech, Wentworth stated his belief that it should enable “the child of every class to become great and useful in the destinies of his country”, and that “it would be the fountain of knowledge at whose springs all might drink, be they Christian, Mahomedan, Jew, or Heathen.”

Operating on the basis of these principles, the University of Sydney broke with the traditions of Britain’s ancient universities by admitting students on academic merit rather than on the basis of religion or social class. In 1881, it also became one of the earliest universities in the world to admit women.

By 1900 the University was developing rapidly as a result of generous public donation and increased government funding. The well-established medallion making service of the Sydney Mint would have been ideal for the production of prize medals formally recognizing academic excellence among its expanding student cohort.

About the Medal

Struck in bronze, the University of Sydney Prize Medal was engraved circa 1900 by Allan Wyon, a member of the celebrated dynasty of British coin and medal makers.

Its obverse portrays the original University crest of 1857 with the Latin motto SIDERE MENS EADEM MVTATO, most commonly translated as “the constellation is changed, the disposition is the same”.

Uninscribed, its reverse features an open olive wreath and the words PRIZE MEDAL.

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Aug 192014
 

Congratulations to the following people who have won coin prizes in The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series competition.

1st prize – The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1/2oz Silver Three-Coin Set and a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald dated the 4 August 1914.

WINNER: Margaret Dachan

2nd prize – The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

WINNERS: Dianne Procopio, James Sharpe, Melicia Mah, Shane Martin

Correct answers to the competition questions were as follows:

  1. Andrew Fisher
  2. German wireless station
  3. Albany

If you are interested in further details about The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, please click here.

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Aug 142014
 

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series launch in Perth was a moving and well-attended event with special guests from the Government, the Australian Defence Force and the Returned and Services League. The unique commemorative coins pay homage to the Australian men and women who served in the First World War, capturing some of the most prominent events in the nation’s history in brilliant 99.99% pure gold and 99.9% pure silver.

Click for details of the 2014 coins.

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Aug 112014
 

The five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series marks the impact of the First World War on Australia. Commemorating the courage and sacrifice of our diggers, the coin designs and accompanying information provide a chronological narrative of the battles and events which shaped Australia’s wartime experience and its aftermath.

Here is your chance to win superb silver coins from the first year of this important new series:

ANZAC Spirit 2014 silver coins

FIRST PRIZE

The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1/2oz Silver Three-Coin Set comprising ‘Answering the Call’, ‘Australia’s First Action’, and ‘Farewell to Family’.

BONUS: Historical copy of the Sydney Morning Herald, dated the 4 August 1914, the day Australia went to War.

SECOND PRIZE

The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin – ‘When the Empire is at War’.

How to Enter

To take part in the competition, find the answers to the following three questions from the information presented in our Australian Timeline – 1914.

Timeline

  • Who said: “Australians will stand beside our own to help and defend her to our last man and our last shilling.” ?
  • What did the AN&MEF capture from the Germans at the Battle of Bita Paka?
  • The first troop convoy carrying Australians and New Zealanders to Egypt departed from which Australian port?

Please email your entry to contest@perthmint.com.au by Sunday 17 August 2014 (AWST time). The winning entries will be drawn at random by The Perth Mint and the winners’ names will be announced in a follow-up blog post during the week commencing 18 August.

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