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The International Industrial Exhibition Souvenir Medal

Object Number: 
INV.3582
Date: 
1851
Medium: 
White metal
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: reverse, at lower left of exergual line: "ALLEN & MOORE" Inscription: reverse, at lower right of exergual line: "BIRM"
Description: 
White metal struck medal with obverse depicting accolated clothed busts of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert within elaborate oak and laurel wreath border surmounted by crown and other attributes of royal power; legend: "QUEEN VICTORIA & PR. ALBERT." Reverse depicts the Crystal Palace building with legend above: "THE INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION", followed by inscription: "LONDON, 1851"; inscription in exergue: "PROPOSED BY H.R.H. PRINCE ALBERT,/DESIGNED BY JOSEPH PAXTON ESQ. F.L.S.,/ERECTEC BY FOX, HENDERSON & CO.,/LENGTH 1848 FEET, WIDTH 456 FEET,/HEIGHT OF PRINCIPAL ROOF 66 FEET,/HEIGHT OF TRANSEPT 108 FEET,/GLAZED SURFACE 900.000 SUP FEET,/OCCUPIES 18 ACRES/OF GROUND,/ESTIMATED VALUE 150.000."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group