Medal Struck For The Jubilee of Penny Postage
In 1889 a general opinion was expresed that the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of Uniform Penny Postage in this country ought not to be allowed to pass without some indication of the feelings which must actuate all who look back to the great reform introduced in 1840, and consider what has since been done. - Introduction to "Account of the Celebration of the Jubilee"
The following is a small study of the postal and related materials produced for the Jubilee Celebrations of 1890. Two public exhibitions took place, the first at the Guildhall, London on the 16th to 19th May, 1890 and the second at the South Kensington Museum on 2nd July, 1890.
The commemorative medal was made in both Bronze and Pewter on the order of Spink & Sons by the German firm of L. C. Lauer. It is 65 mm in diameter, weighing about 105 gms. In the Numismatic Circular of 1897, these were offered at 5/6 for the Bronze and 3/6 for the Pewter.
Wolfgang Lauer (Germ.) was a contemporary Medallist and a member of the Nuremberg firm of L. CHR. LAUER, since 1883. To him should be attributed a great many of the medals issued by the Lauer establishment during the last twenty years. - Numismatic Circular Volume 14
Quantities of each produced and the actual date of 'issue' is unknown as the Spink records were lost in the London Blitz. With the medal showing the special envelope for the South Kensington Museum Exhibition, an estimate of some months after 2nd July, 1890 may be reasonable for its production.