CANADA Quebec, Montreal - Young Men's Christian Association Leroux 1880 45mm bronze medal 44.7 grams
Obverse: depicts the YMCA, MONTREAL YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION / DESIGNED BY A. D. STEELE SUP. ARCHT. A. C. HUTCHISON / BUILDING ERECTED 1872
Reverse: FOUNDED A.D. 1851 INCORPORATED A.D. 1870 / BOARD OF DIRECTORS / T. JAS. CLAXTON / CHAIRMAN / THOS. CRAIG / TREASURER / ALF. SANDHAM / SECRETARY / E. V. MOSELEY / W. GLENDINNEON / N. S. WHITNEY / E. K. GREENE / H. LYMAN / R. IRWIN / C. YOUNG / C. ALEXANDER / J. TORRANCE / H. A. NELSON / D. MORRICE / L. PATON / W. REID / EX OFFICIO / HON. J. FERRIER M. L. C. / PROF. J. W. DAWSON / L.L.D., F.R.S.
Of particular interest to Canadian Numismatists is that Alfred Sandham was the secretary. His Coins, tokens and medals of the Dominion of Canada was published in 1869, and was the first to attempt to describe all pre-Canadian confederation numismatic issues. In November 1869 Sandham signed a petition asking the Quebec Legislative Assembly to incorporate the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Montreal; the act came into effect on 1 Feb. 1870. As the first editor of the Canadian Antiquarian and Numismatic Journal (Montreal) from 1872 to 1875, he devoted considerable attention to the quality of this publication which, with a few interruptions, would appear until 1933. Sandham For 11 years Sandham assisted the Y.M.C.A. president, T. James Claxton, in giving the association a permanent structure and a sound financial base. In 1867 there were 600 delegates at the North American YMCA convention in the city; its success was largely due to Sandham’s organizational skills. During the following years the Montreal YMCA was revitalized and attained considerable importance. Its activities were numerous and varied, and many prominent citizens were members. When he gave up the position of secretary in 1875, Sandham left an association that was rapidly growing. Photo of Mr Sandham is not included.