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Medals of Haverford College

Medals of Haverford College

“During my school-days…”

– The Adventure of the Naval Treaty

Many are aware of the Sherlockian tie-ins to Haverford College. Christopher Morley, founder of the Baker Street Irregulars was born at Haverford while his father taught mathematics there. Morley, along with his brothers Frank and Felix, would all later graduate from the College. Felix would later become President of the College. Haverford College also posesses the original manuscript for The Adventure of the Second Stain. We are pleased that Dave Baldwin is allowing us to reproduce his Haverford College Medal Series post from June 2017 with us below. – Editor

Haverford College Medal Series

“Haverford was founded in 1833 as Haverford School by a group of New York and Philadelphia Quakers who sought to create an institution of learning grounded in Quaker values. Though we are non-denominational today, our Quaker roots influence many of our values and processes.

In the beginning, a seven-member faculty educated 21 Quaker boys in Greek, Latin, natural and moral philosophy, mathematics, and literature in that first year.  Students lived, ate, and took classes in Founders Hall, a building that currently houses meeting rooms, faculty offices, and College administration, including the Office of the President.

By the turn of the 20th century, Haverford had become a national institution, competing for students and faculty with leading institutions in the nation.  Although Haverford began admitting women as first-year undergraduate students only in 1980, Haverford’s commitment to educating women began as early as 1917 and has been greatly strengthened by cooperation with Bryn Mawr College, which was also founded by Orthodox Friends. Today, women comprise half of Haverford’s student body, and the Bi-College (Bi-Co) relationship continues to enrich the academic, cultural, and extracurricular offerings of both institutions.

Haverford has evolved into a college with both a wide-ranging academic program (students study topics from Biophysics to Peace and Conflict Studies, though we still offer Latin) and a diverse scholarly community.  Today, with over 100 faculty members and a coeducational student body, Haverford enrolls nearly 1200 students each year representing a wide variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds and a wide geographic area.”

(From the Haverford College website)

1869 Haverford College / Society of Friends Medal

Silver, 42mm

Bronze/Copper ?, 42mm (Image courtesy of John Salley)

White Metal, 42mm

“3. A Memorial Medal, designed by an alumnus of Haverford College, and executed by the well-known artist, Geo. H. Lovett, of New York. The obverse presents an accurate south-front view of the main building, with the legend, ” Haverford College, Pennsylvania, 1869.” Reverse—” Founded by the Society of Friends, 1833,” above an open Bible, over which stream the rays from a suspended lamp, symbolical of Haverford’s fundamental doctrine embodied in her motto: ” Non Doctior Sed Meliore Doctrina Imbutus” which appears in a heraldic garter surrounding the whole. The medal is placed by its designer at prices barely sufficient to cover cost of manufacture and transmission, as it is his wish to make it a permanent memento within reach of all interested in the College. Price, in bronze, $1; white metal, 50 cents; silver, $ 5. Of the silver, only ten were struck, they being intended more especially for cabinet collectors, and the number, therefore, has been strictly limited.”

(from “The Banker’s Magazine and Historical Register, Volume Twenty-Eighth, from July1873 to June 1874 inclusive”, published by I. Smith Homans, Jr., New York)

The Suburban, Haverford College Magazine

Haverford College Alumni Association Undergraduate Medal

From The Haverford College Bulletin, Vol. 17, No.3, April 1919.
“The Association of the Alumni, in the year 1875, established an annual prize of $50, either a gold medal or an equivalent value in books and bronze medal, for excellence in composition and oratory.”

Bronze, 42mm

White Metal, 42mm

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Gold?, 42mm

The following entry from The American Journal of Numismatics and Bulletin of American Numismatic and Archeological Societies, Quarterly, Volume XI, July 1876 – July 1877 indicates these medals were struck in white metal, bronze, and gold. “Mr Colburn in behalf of IF Wood Esq presented the Society with two impressions in bronze and white metal of the Haverford Alumni Prize Medal Obverse View of building Legend Alumni Association of Haverford College and Pennsyl between two branches of laurel Reverse Legend For undergraduate’s oration Instituted mdccclxxv round a garter inscribed Suavitas Subtilitas Acumen Sonitus within which a space for name of recipient The medal awarded is struck in gold Mr Wood wrote a letter describing the medal and the reasons for striking it which was read and the thanks of the Society were voted for the gift and his interesting account of the same” I have not seen nor do I have any record of a gold example. Do any still exist?

Invitation to the Class of 1875 Haverford College Junior Exhibition with envelope

Haverford College Alumni Association /Founders Hall Medal

White Metal, 42mm

Haverford College Wood’s Series B, No. 1 Medal

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Type 1, Bronze, 42mm

Type 1, White Metal, 42mm

The type 1 medal has the lettering “Isaac F. Wood’s Series B. No.1” incuse as if these were added after striking. This is the same medal as the 1869 Society of Friends Medal with the exception of this inscription. Why? Is this another case of George H. striking pieces to offer for sale to the public on the order of Isaac. F. Woods?

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Type 2, Silver, 42mm

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Type 2, Bronze, 42mm

 

Type 2, White Metal, 42mm

The type 2 medal is the same as above with the exception of the legend “Isaac F. Wood’s Series B. No 1” being raised indicating it had been inscribed in the die.

Type 3, Bronze, Reeded Edge, 42mm

Founders Hall, circa 1911

Haverford College Wood’s Series B, No. 2 Medal

Type 1 – scroll above building, White Metal, 42mm

Type 2 – legend above building, Silver, 42mm

Only 10 struck in silver

Type 2 – legend above building, Bronze, 42mm

Type 2 – legend above building, White Metal, 41.8mm

Several members of The Fourth Garrideb are proud graduates of Haverford and we would welcome their comments (as well as from others) on these items. – Editor

The original blog post was published at the Lovett Tokens & Medals blog, maintained by Dave Baldwin. Our thanks to Mr. Baldwin for allowing us to share this here.

Update on HolmeWork Assignment: A Sherlock Holmes Silver Medal from the 1890’s?

Update on HolmeWork Assignment: A Sherlock Holmes Silver Medal from the 1890’s?

“She had flung into the lake a bag containing some curious contents.” – The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual (MUSG) Back in September 2015, we published one of our first HolmeWork assignments about a possible 1890s silver medal with a scene from a Sherlock Holmes story. We reprinted a comment from the July 7, 2002 issue of The E-Sylum: Christopher Eimer writes: “The… Continue Reading

The 2014 BSI Trust Benefactor Medal

The 2014 BSI Trust Benefactor Medal

“… I should have had a medal the size of a soup plate.” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR)       We published a HolmeWork Assignment regarding the BSI Trust Benefactor’s Medal in January 2016. This medal has only been awarded twice – first, in 2012, to Glen Miranker, and then again in 2014… Continue Reading

The Dog and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2000)

The Dog and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2000)

A recent NI BULLETIN article (Smith, 1998) considered the copper fulus produced during the British occupation of the city of Qandahar during the Second Afghan War, and an unusual footnote is now added. It was mentioned that in the final phase of the war, on 27th July 1880, Ayub Khan “…defeated a sizeable British force… Continue Reading

Select Medallic Art of Alex Shagin

Select Medallic Art of Alex Shagin

“… a skillful sculptor and had earned an honest living …” – The Adventure of The Six Napoleons (SIXN) Alex Shagin, now a freelance medallic artist based in southern California, cast medals featuring Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle in the early 1990s. Let’s take a look at some other of his medallic works. A 78mm bronze casting of… Continue Reading

Emphemera of Shagin’s Medals of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

Emphemera of Shagin’s Medals of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

“Here is an advertisement which will interest you …” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) Edward C. Rochette, the 5th Garrideb, and his wife Maryann started a small business selling Holmesian gifts in 1990. The business was called Sherlock, Stock & Barrel Company. Pictured above was their first advertising flyer that was sent to folks… Continue Reading

Shagin Recognized for Medallic Achievements (1990)

Shagin Recognized for Medallic Achievements (1990)

“If I were a sculptor …” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) The American Numismatic Association bestowed its Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture this year (1990) on Alex Shagin of Los Angeles, California. He was presented with an engraved, 14kt-gold medal donated by the Franklin Mint of Franklin Center, Pennsylvania. Born… Continue Reading

Numismatist Profile – Alex Shagin (2011)

Numismatist Profile – Alex Shagin (2011)

“Without art, a coin collection is just another form of bookkeeping.”  – Alex Shagin Alex Shagin’s life has always been about artistic freedom and enduring coins. It’s been a long, but rewarding challenge for this defender of classical medal design. Born in Russia near Leningrad, on January 21, 1947, Alexander George Shagin is the only… Continue Reading

Alex Shagin’s 1991 Portrait Medal of Arthur Conan Doyle

Alex Shagin’s 1991 Portrait Medal of Arthur Conan Doyle

“… it bore some resemblance …” – The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST)       In 1991, Alex Shagin, a former head engraver with the Leningrad Mint, cast a medal featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, which was marketed by Sherlock, Stock & Barrel, a firm owned by Edward C. Rochette, the 4th Garrideb of our scion.… Continue Reading

Alex Shagin’s 1990 Portrait Medal of Sherlock Holmes

Alex Shagin’s 1990 Portrait Medal of Sherlock Holmes

“… it was a perfect facsimile.” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT)            From the George S. Cuhaj (the 14th Garrideb, aka Cardinal Tosca) Collection Alex Shagin, a former head engraver with the Leningrad Mint, was commissioned in 1990 to sculpt a medal featuring Sherlock Holmes. Cast in both silver and… Continue Reading