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1875 Saint John Public Grammar School Parker Silver Medal. Presented to Alban Emery. Leroux-397, Breton-159. AU.

1875 Saint John Public Grammar School Parker Silver Medal. Presented to Alban Emery. Leroux-397, Breton-159. AU.

645.00

57.4 grams. 48mm. According to A History of the Saint John Grammar School 1805-1914, compiled by alumni of the school in 1914 and published by the Saint John Globe Publishing Company:

In 1864 Judge Parker presented the Board of Directors of the Grammar School with £50, the interest of which was to be annually expended in the purchase of a medal, which was to be called the Albert Medal and to be awarded as the Board should determine. Under this name the medal was given the following year. But as Judge Parker died in November, 1865, the name was evidently changed to the Parker Medal.

At first it seems to have been given for highest general standing, but it has for many years been given for mathematics.

The school records confirm that Alban Emery was the recipient for the year 1875. This is his medal.

The obverse features the head of Minerva, goddess of wisdom, facing right with PUB : SCHOOL : GRAM : SANCT : JOHAN : NOV : BRUNS : around the rim. The reverse shows a wreath with the ALBAN EMERY 1875. engraved at the centre and PARKER MEDAL / FOUNDED 1865 above and below. Dies by J.S. and A.B. Wyon.

Although the medal was likely cleaned long ago, the silvery surfaces have developed ice-blue patina within the hidden areas. The central fields are deeply reflective, while marks and hairlines are minimal. Overall eye appeal is impressive, with the frosty, textured borders contrasting against the flashy centres.

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