Lr. 637 — The British and Canadian School Medal. Undated. Silver.

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Lr. 637 — The British and Canadian School Medal. Undated. Silver.
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McLachlan-172, Breton-106. 51mm. 61g. NAJEDA SMITH - ALEXANDRA SCHOOL - JUNE 1936 engraved on edge. Signed J. MOORE. R.W. McLachlan writes in Canadian Numismatics (1886):

“John Frothingham was for a long time one of our prominent hardware merchants, and although he has been dead some years, the firm of Frothingham & Workman, of which he was the head, still continues to do a flourishing business. The British and Canadian School is the longest established of any of the common schools in Montreal; it also has passed under control of the Commissioners. This medal is still presented annually in bronze by the executors of the estate.”

Frothingham also served as President of the City Bank of Montreal from 1834 to 1849 and was active in the Montreal business community during the mid-19th century. The British and Canadian School was established in 1822, became part of the Protestant School Board of Montreal in 1866, and closed in 1894. The building still stands at 1009 Coté Street in Montreal’s Chinatown district. It was in the news recently after being purchased by developers.
Lr. 637 is rarely seen. A bronze example was offered as part of Jeffrey Hoare’s Sale #6 in 1988. A named example in silver sold as part of the Saul Hendler Collection in 1996. Jeffrey Hoare Auctions offered another named silver example in April 2013. Remarkably, the Joffre Collection includes not one, but two examples named in silver. This one is 4.6mm thick. The medal features high, squared-off rims around prooflike fields and thickly frosted devices. Delicately toned in blue, violet, and gold hues, although it remains largely brilliant. Housed in its red leather box with purple velvet interior.
From the Michael Joffre Collection of Canadian Historical Medals