Medal of the World's Columbian Exposition Artist: Unknown


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63.37 g, 12:00, 58.5 mm

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Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001, Gift of Francis Bacon Trowbridge, B.A. 1887, L.L.B. 1890

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19th century


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE / JULY 4TH 1776. Eagle and shield motif on the lower central field, flanked by portraits of Washington and Columbus 'COLUMBUS' and WASHINGTON' below respective bust ; with a scene depicting the signing of the Declaration of Indepencence above. Inscribed on central ribbon: WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION / 1892 / 1893. In central lowest field: CHICAGO.

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: DISCOVERY OF AMERICA / DEC. 1620 / LANDING OF THE PILGRIMS. Scene of the discovery of America in the with landing of the pilgrims in December 1620 below. "October 1492" inscribed on central ribbon.


Reverend T. C. Trowbridge, to April 3, 1873; Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn., 1873–2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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