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ID number: BIRRC-H0018
Institution: Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection: University Heritage Collection
Artist / Maker: Unknown
Title / Object name / Definition: Commemorative medallion struck for the opening of Mason Science College
Object type: Medal
Date made: 1880
Measurements: 5 cm diameter
Description: This medallion shows Sir Josiah Masonís head engraved on the obverse and Mason Science College on the reverse. It is still in its original box. The coin has the name of the architect who designed the building, Jethro A. Cossins, underneath the image of the College. Cossins (1829-1917) was responsible for the design of several important buildings in Birmingham including the Birmingham and Midlands Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. During the late 1890s he went into partnership with F.B. Peacock and Ernest Bewley, with whom he designed and built the Midland Institute. Cossins visited the principal Science Colleges in England and in the Continent before preparing his plans for Mason Science College in the Gothic style.
Inscriptions / Translations: Reverse: 'FIRST STONE LAID FEB. XXIII MDCCCLXXV AND OPENED OCT.I MDCCCXXX BY SIR JOSIAH MASON'
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