Noble Numismatics Selling Agricultural Society Medals | Queensland Country Life

Winning a championship at local or royal shows has long been a goal for many Australian primary producers.

Nowadays, titles are marked with a large ribbon or a silver award, but for 19th century winners, the accolades were marked with medallions.

A number of these pieces from the history of the show will go under the hammer from August 30 to September 2 at the Noble Numismatics Rare Coins, Medals and Banknotes Auction.

Noble Numismatics Managing Director Jim Noble said many medals were issued in the 19th century, but the size of the shows and the cost associated with producing dies saw the customization fade away.

“There are so many agricultural societies that were formed and awarded medals as awards in the 19th century, like you would get at the Sydney Royal Easter Show,” Mr Noble said.

“Some of the major manufacturers were in Melbourne at Stokes and later a few more, then in Sydney at Amor.

“Their job was to create dies that could be used to produce medals and listed as prizes at shows.”

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The medals feature intricate, embossed scenes of cattle and crops on the front with the winner’s details engraved on the back.

They offer a unique insight into Australia’s pastoral history and carry estimated values ​​ranging from $ 100 to $ 700.

In 1871, WM Scott won the first prize for a collection of fruits from the Burrangong Pastoral and Agricultural Association, while in 1885 the blood stallion of CJ Lamond, Dominican, won the first prize from the Towers Pastoral Agricultural and Mining Association.

“Another interesting medal is a Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association medal for belts and pouches, lot 870,” Mr Noble said.

“Some of them are quite pretty, like lot 924, on its facade there is a good display of poultry and birds.”

A piece of wood from Captain James Cook’s ship, the Endeavor, goes under the hammer.

Noble Numismatics holds auctions three times a year and next week’s collection has been valued at over $ 3.5 million.

One of the auction’s headlines will be the sale of a piece of wood from the Endeavor, the ship that Captain James Cook commissioned on his maiden voyage to Australia.

The lumber is part of the keel recovered from the wreck of the ship in Newport, Rhode Island, United States, and is valued at $ 400,000.

Other lots that should generate interest include a 1921 Kookaburra-patterned half-penny that could fetch over $ 100,000, while a consecutive pair of Australian ten-shillings banknotes issued in 1913 with a cover letter is estimated at $ 125,000.

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Amalia H. Mercado