The Exeter School medal for excellence in Classics (obverse)

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The Exeter School medal for excellence in Classics (obverse)

In traditional grammar schools and public schools the Classics - Latin, Greek and ancient history - continued to form an important element of education.

The Collyns medal was awarded annually by Exeter School between 1819 and c.1865 to the pupil who composed the best piece of Latin hexameter. The prize was instituted by Alderman Charles Collyns. The obverse shows the traditional seal of St John's Hospital with three men with upraised arms above a conventional gate. The eye of God looks down from above.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum