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1906 Canada Dominion Exhibition Gold Medal Awarded to the American Tobacco Company. Uncirculated. Original Box and Certificate Included.

1906 Canada Dominion Exhibition Gold Medal Awarded to the American Tobacco Company. Uncirculated. Original Box and Certificate Included.

695.00

The Dominion Exhibition was an annual event held in Canada from 1879 through 1913, an agricultural fair to promote innovative farming methods. The event was held in a different city each year, with the inaugural exhibition in Ottawa – the nation’s capital. Halifax was chosen as the site of the Dominion Exhibition in 1906, held between September 22 and October 5. General admission cost 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children under the age of 12.

Exhibitors would submit entries to the fair in various categories, including livestock, poultry, fine arts, grain, and horticultural products, etc. All entries had to be submitted by August. Competitions would be held for myriad classes and sections within a particular category, with prizes awarded to winners. Sometimes, the prize was monetary, generally ranging from $5 to $25. In other cases, medals were awarded in gold, silver, and bronze. Diplomas were also handed out.

Division XIII was Miscellaneous Manufactures. Listed under Class 104, Groceries and Provisions, is Section 7: Tobaccos and Cigars. This is the gold medal awarded to the American Tobacco Company for their cigarettes. It is actually a gilt sterling silver medal with the appropriate hallmarks from Birmingham, England (where the medal was struck) at the lower reverse. The maker was Vaughton & Sons, a firm that remains in operation to this day.

The medal is in exceptional condition, struck in high relief without any wear. Some of the gold wash has rubbed off on the edges, where the pieces would rub against the plush velvet interior of its original case, which is included. However, the obverse and reverse are bright yellow-gold with reflective fields. The original award certificate also remains with the medal and is signed by the President of the Exhibition, Mr Justice Longley, and the Secretary, Mr M. McF. Hall. It is a remarkable rarity for which we have found no comparables, and an important survivor from this long-running Canadian exhibition. 

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