Great Britain: Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London

Great Britain: Colonial and Indian Exhibition, LondonGreat Britain: Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London
Form: Circular
By: Leonard Charles Wyon / Heaton Mint
Date: 1886
Ref:  AM2: 30; BHM: 3209; Eimer: 1725; Laidlaw: 0237;
51.9 mmBronze78.5 gm$50

Edge: Plain. Thickness at rim 4.8 mm.

Obverse: Bareheaded bust of the Prince, left. Signed: “L.C. WYON F.” below the truncation. Legend: “ALBERT EDWARD PRINCE OF WALES EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT” with stop at the foot.

Reverse: Within a wreath of oak leaves and acorns tied at the foot, across: “COLONIAL / AND INDIAN / EXHIBITION / LONDON / 1886”.

Notes: The exhibition of raw materials, manufactured products and works of art from India and the Colonies was opened by Queen Victoria on 4th May 1886. It was held in South Kensington on a site adjacent to the Albert Hall.

From the local South African exhibition held the previous year in Port Elizabeth, the best displays were selected to be sent to London. According to the Illustrated London News, the Cape of Good Hope put on the finest shows in the annexe devoted to Africa. These included a model of a diamond mine, stuffed ostriches, paintings of the Colony, heads of game, raw materials and manufactured products.

L.C. Wyon was a member of the renowned family of designers and engravers. In 1851 he succeeded his father as Chief engraver at the Royal Mint, a post he held until his death in 1991.