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medal, prize

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  • Other titles
    • YMCA national swimming tournament medal (descriptive name)
    • Raymond Danvers Baker (associated name)
  • Description
    YMCA national swimming tournament medal awarded to Raymond Danvers Baker, for winning the 200-yard championship in Auckland on 6 February 1914. The ornate, circular medal features the Y.M.C.A. logo, centred within a victor's wreath. The flat reverse is engraved 'Tournament / Auckland. / 1914 / 200 Yds Swim / R.D Baker.' Ring suspension.
    Auckland's New Zealand Herald newspaper recorded the results on 7 February 1914.
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  • Accession date
    8 May 2019
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2019.26.11 Gift of Dr Michael Taylor
  • Notes
    The YMCA logo on the medal is the 1896 version (the John 17:21 logo) but appears to retain the narrower X and P of the previous version, possibly for practical reasons. The components of the logo are:
    - X (Chi) & P (Rho), the monogram of the name Christ (the first two letters of the name in Greek)
    - over the monogram, the Spirit-Mind-Body triangle representing the three-fold nature of man which is the YMCA's focus for working with people, and within the triangle, the Bible open at the page John 17:21: 'That they all may be one.'
    - the whole enclosed within two rings, the inner reinforcing the message of the verse regarding unity and fellowship, the outer representing the completeness of God's created order.
    Source: 'The History and Meaning of the YMCA Logo,'
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  • Place
  • Date
    1 January 1914 to 31 December 1914
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  • Production
    New Zealand
    George V (1910 - 1936), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Classification
    Chenhall Nomenclature (Nomenclature)
    › 08 Communication Artifacts (Category)
    › Personal Symbols (Classification)
    › Achievement Symbols (Sub-classification)
    › Prize (Primary Term)
    › Medal, Prize (Secondary Term)
  • Record created
    19 February 2019

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