102463 | GREAT BRITAIN. London. British Empire Exhibition bronze Award Medal.
102463 | GREAT BRITAIN. London. British Empire Exhibition bronze Award Medal. Issued 1924 as the official prize (56mm, 66.50 g, 12h). By B. Mackennal and P. Metcalfe at the Royal mint in London.
GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:, crowned and mantled bust left // Crouching lion roaring left; exhibition buildings in background; in two lines in exergue, BRITISH EMPIRE / EXHIBITION. Edge: Plain.
BHM 4193; Eimer 1987. Gem Mint State. Deep olive-brown matte surfaces.
Held at Wembley Park in London, the British Empire Exhibition had been previously proposed, though incidents such as the Russo-Japanese War and World War I delayed any such occurrence. The idea behind the expo was to reinforce Britain's stature as a colonial power, given increased influences regionally in the form of America and Japan. Domestically, it was meant to remind the citizenry of the importance of the empire, though the sentiment did not really hit home. This official award medal features the same bust familiar from the coinage of Great Britain as well as that from around the empire—namely, the left-facing crowned bust of George V by Bertram Mackennal. Meanwhile, the reverse features some heavy Art Deco influences from the sculpting of Percy Metcalfe.
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