7th March 2017

The issuing collecting of commemorative medallions has a long history.  Many Australian die-sinkers produced these as well as buttons, badges, medals and the like.  Here is a medallion struck to commemorate Stokes and Sons centenary.  It includes the first likeness of Thomas Stokes I have found!

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Perfection Plate, a silverware firm, produced buttons for the military in 1942.

Commonwealth Gazette, 1942

Commonwealth Gazette, 1942

I couldn’t resist this quirky offering from the company in 1954.

detail from Pike Bros. advert in the Courier mail (Brisbane). 29th Novemeber 1954.

Detail from Pike Bros. advert in the Courier mail (Brisbane). 29th November 1954.  A Commonwealth Military Forces button with the Perection Plate backmark in the foreground.

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Detail from Pike Bros. advert in the Courier mail (Brisbane). 29th November 1954.

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