Medal, Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary; Stokes and Sons; 1911; 76.91
Medal, Coronation of King George V and Queen MaryAbout this object
Small circular gilt medal with incorporated hanging loop issued in Australia to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Stokes and Sons produced these medals with different versions for each Australian state. This version features conjoint crowned busts of the King and Queen looking left on the obverse side. On the reverse is the Australian Coat of Arms in the centre supported by a kangaroo and emu at each side and the motto 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA' on a ribbon beneath. Above the coat of arms is the wording 'COMMONWEALTH CELEBRATIONS and below 'JUNE 1911'. This medal was issued to school boy R Russell.
Whilst many of these medals were issued to school children, this was not the case at Port Macquarie where Coronation Day was celebrated with a business holiday and patriotic bunting decorating shops, steamers and private residences. There was a a patriotic procession through the town followed by a concert, fireworks and dance in aid of the Hastings District Hospital. The concert included two tableau representations of 'Australia' and 'Britannia'.
Gold, bronzeInscription and Marks
Obverse 'CORONATION GEORGE V AND MARY, 1911' and mint initials on King's bust 'S&S'
Reverse 'COMMONWEALTH CELEBRATIONS/ ADVANCE AUSTRALIA/ JUNE 1911'
23 mm DiameterSubject and Association Keywords
Donor: A RussellObject Type
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