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Die for the Council Medal for 1851 Exhibition

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wyon, William, born 1795 - died 1851 (medallists)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by H. M. Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR12

This steel working die was used in the production of the obverse of the official 1851 Exhibition medal, the Council medal (6029-1852). This die, together with other dies in the Museum (A73 to A82-1921), was given by the Royal Commissioners for the 1851 Exhibition.

Physical description

Die for the medal, bust of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1851 (made)


Wyon, William, born 1795 - died 1851 (medallists)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 1.25 in, Diameter: 6.5 in

Descriptive line

Die for Council Medal, steel, by William Wyon, 1851.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Trusted, Majorie. ed. The Making of Sculpture: the Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: V&A Publications, 2007. p. 79. pl. 123.
Brown, Laurence. A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1837-1901. London, 1987. Volume II. The Reign of Queen Victoria. p. 1987. p. 170. nos. 2460, 2461.
Allen, Leslie Lewis, The World's Show: Coincraft's Catalogue of Crystal Palace Medals and Tokens, 1851-1936, London: 2000, pp. 31-33, HP-A001 p.34.
Expo 2010 Shanghai China, World Exposition Museum, Shanghai, 2010, p.100.
Droth, Martina, Edwards, Jason, and Hatt, Michael, Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901, exh. cat., YUP, New Haven and London, 2015, pp. 85-87




Great Exhibition; Sculpture; Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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