An early marker of success

A collection of Victorian academic medals, originating from right here in Glasgow, go under the hammer at McTear’s this month.

Three of these medals were awarded to John Jackson Coats (1850-1932). As his academic medals demonstrate, Coats excelled academically at Glasgow Academy in the 1860s. Three Dux medals awarded to Coats during his time at Glasgow Academy are included in The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction at McTear’s this month, and certainly demonstrate his intelligence, even as a teenager. These medals include a gold Dux medal and two silver Dux medals, awarded with regards the Classical Department, Mathematical Department and the French & German Departments, respectively.

Coats later matriculated at the University of Glasgow, in 1865. Coats amassed an impressive academic record and a lasting reputation at the University, winning subject and University prizes throughout the course of his higher education. After excelling in his higher education, Coats joined the law firm of A.J. & A. Graham, becoming a partner in 1875. Coats later rose to become a senior partner of the firm.  A full biography of John Jackson Coats can be viewed on the University of Glasgow website.

These are offered - alongside two further medals - at lot 1339 in The Works of Art, Medals, Militaria & Furniture Auction on 20 November. These are offered with an estimate of £150-250.


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Hannah Murphy


Entries are invited for the next auction on 15 January 2021. For a complimentary valuation contact Hannah Murphy on 0141 810 2880 or



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