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University of New Brunswick Bronze Medal by Wyon, Leroux-399, Breton-161, McLachlan-CCCCXIII. Unc.

University of New Brunswick Bronze Medal by Wyon, Leroux-399, Breton-161, McLachlan-CCCCXIII. Unc.

545.00

36mm. According to R.W. McLachlan, these medals were “Given annually in gold for for competition, by the Graduates’ Society of the University.” Presumably, winners could opt for a cash prize instead, equal in value to the gold medal, plus an example in bronze. The bust of Minerva is signed B. WYON, completed before his death in 1858 — five years before the University of New Brunswick Alumni Association was established in 1863. Likely his sons employed the motif for the sake of expediency, with similar iterations of the Roman goddess of wisdom also appearing on several Ontario school medals of the period.

This example is rich chocolate-brown with glossy fields showing violet and coppery accents. Preservation is excellent with just a couple of tiny ticks on the obverse. An impressive example of this rare medal, listed as R.5 by McLachlan (1883) and R.6. by Leroux (1892).

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