New South Wales, Sydney, ‘King George V Memorial Hospital for Mothers and Babies’ Medallion (64mm), struck in Bronze circa 1947, designed by Andor Meszaros. Obverse: Women walks left with a baby in her right arm, “GEORGE V MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR MOTHERS AND BABIES”. Reverse: The Tree of Life extends from below, designer’s initials “AM” to right, inscribed “TO H.R.H THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH MOTHER OF PRINCE CHARLES”. Some edge knocks, otherwise Good Very Fine and very interesting.
When taking into account the date of manufacture, 1947, as well as the inscription, it is very likely that this piece was intended to be awarded to HRH Princess Elizabeth upon her visit to Sydney, Australia as part of the Commonwealth Tour in 1952. Unfortunately, however, Elizabeth would not arrive to Australia as planned as her father, King George VI, would pass away whilst she was in Kenya en route to Sydney. Therefore, it can be concluded that this piece was clearly made prior to her ascension to the throne of the United Kingdoms on the 2nd of February 1952; it was unawarded due to her need to be in England, and would never be awarded as her next visit to Australia would be as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Sold to a Brisbane Gentleman for $450.