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Cyrus Field Medal

Object Number: 
2008.42.197
Date: 
1858
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
diameter: 51.4mm (2 in.)
Marks: 
Obverse below bust: "G.M. LOVETT N.Y.; outside wreath: "A. R. SAGE PUB"
Description: 
Silver struck medal with obverse showing draped male bust facing right with oak wreath beneath and legend above: "CYRUS W. FIELD." Reverse bears inscription at center, enclosed by laurel wreath: "PRESENTED/TO/CYRUS W. FIELD,/BY A FEW OF HIS FRIENDS IN/NEW YORK,/FOR HIS/PERSEVERANCE,/IN SUPERINTENDING/THE LAYING OF THE/ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH/CABLE/AUG. 5TH 1858"; legend around border with thirteen stars below: "NIL DESPERANDUM PERSEVERANTIA VINCIT."
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group