1890 MEDAL FROM THE WORLD'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL PHILATELIC EXHIBITION
Internationale Post-Wertzeichen Ausstellung, Vienna


A beautifully preserved example of the bronze medal struck for the first international philatelic exhibition ever held. Scarce and historically significant, offered in beautifully preserved condition.

The 1890 Vienna Exposition was held from 20 April to 4 May of 1890 at the Museum of Art and Industry in Vienna. It was meant to commemorate three different anniversaries simultaneously: the 50th anniversary of the first postage stamp, the 40th anniversary of the first Austrian postage stamp, and the 10th anniversary of the leading Austrian philatelic organisation, the Österreichische Philatelisten Club. Six post office departments, those of Austria, Hungary, Bavaria, Italy, Brazil, and Egypt, participated officially.


SPECIFICATIONS

Mint Date: 1890
Mint Place: Vienna, Austria
Material: Bronze
Weight: 22.44 grams
Diameter: 37mm

Obverse Design: Bust of Franz Josef facing right
Legend: FRANZ JOSEF I . - KAISER V. ÖSTERR. ECT.
("Francis Joseph I Emperor of Austria, etc.")

Reverse Design: Legend in five lines within wreath
Legend: I. INTERNATIONALE POST-WERTZEICHEN AUSSTELLUNG WIEN 1890
("1st International Postal-Tax Stamps Exposition, Vienna 1890")