28 1844 Reverse: Three shields upon a wreath; Grasshopper above. FIRST STONE LAID BY H. However it was not until 1571 that the first purpose built building, orchestrated by Sir Thomas Gresham, was opened by Elizabeth I.This was destroyed in the Great Fire of London and another building, on the same site, was opened in 1669. This building also succumbed to fire in 1838 and in 1842 the first stone of the new building was laid by Prince Albert. It was completed in 1844, opened by Queen Victoria and still stands today.
The arms on the reverse of this medal are those of the City, Sir Thomas Gresham and the Mercers' Company. 27.4mm - 10.97g. British Silver Medal Great Strike Superb Piece! All items are guaranteed genuine!
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