SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MEDAL 1879. The large version in Bronze diameter 76 mm, 6 mm thick. Struck in London, 1879.
The front design by Samuel Begg and Australian floral reverse by James Sayers. 'The Sydney International Exhibition was the first true international exhibition that an Australian colony had hosted. Previous exhibitions had been local or intercolonial. The International Exhibition was held in a purpose-built building at Inner Domain, featuring 15 acres of display area and a main dome 210 feet high. Four towers of this 'Garden Palace' provided spectacular views of the city and harbour, and the galleries were illuminated with stained glass skylights' (Museums Victoria Collections, online).