The Coal Exchange Opened
Taylor states that the Coal Exchange was acclaimed as the prime sitting monument of the early Victorian period, whilst its demolition in the 1960's was the great conservationist's horror story. The Coal Exchange was designed by J.B. Bunning, the City architect. The entire inner skeleton, constructed of cast iron, had an integral system of decoration, largely based on the rope motif symbolic of the coal-miners and colliers. This motif is used by Wyon on both the obverse and reverse of his medal.
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