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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace -  obverse Crystal Palace -  reverse

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Features

Country ** Exonumia ** (Medals - United Kingdom)
Type Token
Year 1854
Metal Tin
Weight 90.7 g
Diameter 63 mm
Thickness 4.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References Eimer# 1487
British Commemorative Medals and their Values
by Christopher Eimer
(Spink)

Obverse

A partially robed classic female standing half facing between two gates, a lamb (wearing a garland) at her feet looking up at her. In her left hand a palm branch and a caduceus, in her right hand a key. Beside her left foot an ancient combed war helmet. The opened gates reveal a room with various scientific and industrial equipment and a palm tree

Lettering:
INDUSTRY SCIENCE
PINCHES

Engraver: J Pinches

Reverse

Long central view of the main exposition building. Lettering above, and below with Roman numeral date

Lettering:
CRYSTAL PALACE
OPENED MDCCCLIV
PINCHES. LONDON.

Translation: 1,000 + 500 + 300 + 50 + 4 = 1854

Engraver: J Pinches

Edge

Plain

Crystal Palace

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Comments

A medal commemorating the opening of the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London, England in 1854. After its removal from Hyde Park, the great glass building was recreated at Sydenham. It was enlarged, divided into courts and a barrel roof added. There was also additionally a concert hall and menageries.
 Originally opened as part of The Great Exhibition of 1851, the Crystal Palace was moved after the closure of the Exhibition from its original location in Hyde Park; reopened on Sydenham Hill in London by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on June 10, 1854 in the presence of some 40,000 people. Original building destroyed by fire on Nov. 30, 1936; site of current Crystal Palace Park.
 Catalogues:  BHM 2549, Eimer 1487, Allen SY-1854/090.
It came with a red leather presentation box stamped on the upper inside with an imprint that read: AUTHORIZED MEDAL / SOLD BY / T.R. PINCHES / & CO. / MEDALISTS / BY / APPOINTMENT / TO THE / CRYSTAL PALACE / COMPANY.

 Closer images of the smaller lettering ...

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1854 

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