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Great Britain: Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee: Imperial Institute

Great Britain: Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee: Imperial InstituteGreat Britain: Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee: Imperial Institute
Form: Circular
By: G.W. de Saulles after T. Brock (obv) / J.H. Pinches (rev)
Date: 1887
Ref:  BHM: 3226; Eimer: 1737; Laidlaw: 0844;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
38 mmSilver$155

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Within a tooth border round the rim, crowned, laureate and veiled bust of Queen Victoria, left. Legend: “VICTORIA REGINA ET IMPERATRIX”.

Reverse: Within a toothed border round the rim, view of the Imperial Institute buildings. On a pennant to the left in arcs: “THE IMPERIAL INSTITUTE / TO COMMEMORATE THE JUBILEE OF / VICTORIA R.ET I.” and to the right of the tower: “1887”. Signed on the right end of the exergue line: J.P.". In the exergue on a plaque: “ALBERT EDWARD P. / PRESIDENT”.

Notes: The Imperial Institute was established in 1887 to promote scientific research, and industrial and commercial development which would benefit the British Empire.

The building was designed by T.E. Collcutt and built by John Mowlem & Company. The foundation stone was laid by Queen Victoria in 1887 and the building was completed in 1893.

It is believed that the medal was struck in 1893 to mark the occasion of the opening of the building.

The building was demolished in the 1950s and 1960s to make way for the expansion of Imperial College. All that remains today is the 85-metre main tower known as Queen’s Tower.