The David Young Collection of Medals of Devon

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Date of Auction: 25th November 2013

Sold for £110

Estimate: £90 - £120

EXETER, Free School, Collyns Medal, 1819, a silver award by T. Halliday, seal of St John's Hospital with three men with upraised arms above a castle gateway, eye of God looking down from above, rev. armorial shield and crest of Charles Collyns, 45mm (BHM –; Grimshaw –; cf. DNW M7, 2075); Exeter Cathedral, miniature silver medals (2), one with rev. church congress 1894, both 17mm [3]. Good very fine; last two with loops for suspension £90-120


Provenance: First bt S.H. Monks June 2008; last bt J. Whitmore July 2003.

The Collyns medal, instituted by Alderman Charles Collyns, was awarded annually by Exeter School between 1819 and
c. 1865 to the pupil who composed the best piece of Latin hexameter. Collyns, an Exeter ironmonger by trade who rose to become a banker and partner in the Devonshire Bank from 1789 until its closure in 1810, served as mayor of the city in 1802 and again in 1807