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DENMAN Medal 1888 British?

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    Hi folks,
    I have had this medal for some time and can not find any information on it. It was with a grouping of 3 Spanish American War Veteran medals It reads; DENMAN MEDAL, MDCCCLXXXVIII (1888) on the front. On the back it reads; AWARDED TO Gertrude Mayers 1896. I'm thinking it's a British medal. Not sure if anyone knows of this or but I thought I'd give it a try.
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    Thank you

    Burt
    Happiness is a belt fed weapon

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    It's an American medal from a San Francisco girls school:

    Denman, James; influential citizen; was principal of the Denman public school, (now a grammar school for girls) from Nov. 17, 1851 to June, 1857; and from July 3, 1864, to Dec., 1867; and from Jan., 1871 to Dec., 1873; and from June 13, 1876 to 1889, when he permanently retired. Mr. D. was Superintendent of Common Schools, 1859-61; 1868-70; and 1874-75; and a member of the Board of Education, Oct. 9, 1889 to Jan., 1891; and a member of the Board of Supervisors, 1893-94. For his valuable historical sketch of the Public Schools of S. F., including the Denman Medal Fund, see Municipal Reports, 1879-80, page 632. Mr. D. registered on June 5, 1866, as a native of N. Y., aged 37. A sketch of his life is in Bancroft's "Contemporary Biography."

    Denman Medal Fund for Girls; was established by James Denman in June, 1865, by a donation of $1,000, the interest of which was to be expended annually in procuring silver medals for the most deserving pupils of the Denman Grammar School.

    Denman Grammar School Building, N. W. Bush and Taylor streets, was completed and opened in 1864. James Denman was the first principal of this school, (in 1851) which was given his name upon his first retirement from teaching, on account of ill health, in 1857. He was also the first principal of the school, after the erection of the present building, in 1864.

    Amazing what you find when you Google "Denman Medal"

    Rob

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    Thanks Rob, I tried searching Google for hours a few years back and couldn't find anything. I should have tried again before I posted this.

    Thanks for your time as I can put this one to rest.

    Burt
    Happiness is a belt fed weapon

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    I would appreciate your notice if this medal should ever become available. I collect U.S. Mint medals struck in the 19th century.

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    This is for sale, make me an offer.

    Thanks
    Burt
    Happiness is a belt fed weapon

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    Burt, the most recent record of a sale of this type medal which I have found is for a 1899 award that was sold in a Holabird-Kagin Americana auction in March 2012. The 1899 medal hammered at $120, in far superior condition to your 1896 award. I would value your medal at $60. The earlier version (1850's - 1860's) of this school award medal, which used a design of the facade of the Denman School building on the front is more scarce.

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    Hi do you still have the Denman Medal? Are you interested in selling it? I work at Denman Middle School in San Francisco and we would love to have it for our historical collection.

    Thank You

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    C'mon guys this aint a trading post, please post it in The "FOR SALE" and "WANTED" section.
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