1819 Sydney Halloran School Prize Silver Medal
- Awarded two centuries ago, the 1819 Sydney Halloran School Silver Prize Medal is one of Australia’s earliest works of medallic art
- The medal was engraved and signed by silversmith and convicted forger Samuel Clayton
- Spans 73mm in diameter, presented in good Very Fine condition
- Underpinned by toning, the medal is complete with suspension loop and ring suspender
- Includes a vintage AH Baldwin & Sons paper bag of purchase from the mid-1900s
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An extraordinarily rare piece of colonial memorabilia, the 1819 Sydney Halloran School Prize Silver Medal was the brainchild of the 'larger-than-life' ex-convict Laurence Halloran - founder and headmaster of the school originally referred to as 'Dr Halloran's Establishment'. The school, which had been set up with the help of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, is the forefather of Sydney Grammar School - one of Australia's leading private schools.
Halloran had school prize medals created from 1819 to at least 1826. The medal offered here is from the first year of issue, and is the earliest known surviving example. Awarded to Robert Campbell, the 1819 Sydney Halloran School Prize Silver Medal was the work of convicted forger Samuel Clayton. The finest silversmith in the colony, Clayton was also the engraver of Australia's first banknotes. An imposing 73mm piece, the medal is in good Very Fine condition, and is underpinned by entrancing toning.
Given the breathtaking rarity, rich history, immense beauty and inextricable link with one of Australia's most prestigious schools, the 1819 Sydney Halloran School Prize Silver Medal is sure to command the attention of public institutions and private collectors alike.
|Year of Issue||1819|
|Metal Purity (%)||99.99|