102406 | GREAT BRITAIN. Victoria white metal Medal.
102406 | GREAT BRITAIN. Victoria white metal Medal. Issued 1862 for the Universal Exhibition of London (41mm, 16.53 g, 3h). By Ottley in Birmingham.
H. M. G. MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA, crowned and mantled "gothic" style bust left / THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION / IN THE 25TH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF / QUEEN VICTORIA, façade of the exhibition building; above, Victory flying left, holding wreath and palm frond; in five lines in exergue, OPENED 1ST MAY 1862 / DESIGNED BY / CAPTAIN FOWKE R. E. / ERECTED BY / MESSRS KELK AND LUCAS. Edge: Plain.
BHM 2738; Eimer –; Taylor 182n. Choice Mint State. Extremely mirrored and prooflike in the fields, with some frosting upon the devices. Tremendous preservation for a type whose white metal composition is often plagued by issues. A great representation of the popular "gothic" style bust made famous by the 1847 "gothic" crown.
The Great London Exposition was held in the South Kensington area of London from 1 May–1 November 1862, and featured exhibitors from 36 countries covering areas of industry, technology, and the arts. Queen Victoria, still in mourning for the loss of her husband the previous December, was not in attendance for the opening of the event which would see over six million attendants throughout its six months. Works of note on display were a refrigerator capable of producing ice, the Bessemer process for the manufacture of steel, and Charles Babbage's analytical engine–an early form of a computer.
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