Cyrus Field Medallion

Object Number: 
1226
Date: 
ca. 1868
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 4 in. ( 10.2 cm )
Marks: 
inscribed: bottom left below field: "J. G. BRUFF D." inscribed: below field, at right: "BARBER F."
Description: 
Struck bronze medallion, obverse showing hand issuing from clouds about to place laurel wreath on the head of Cyrus Field (facing left) itself on base of clouds. Below is a scene of two ships sailing from two partial globes labelled "AMERICA" and "EUROPE." The two continents are further connected by chain at bottom; legend above field reads : "HONOR AND FAME ARE THE REWARD"; exergual legend reads: "INDOMINATABLE PERSEVERANCE/AND ENDURING FAITH ACHIEVES THE SUCCESS."; field is surrounded by border in the form of cable. Reverse has ornate border, American shield, thirty-one stars in the form of a star, branches, and a globe labelled "EUROPE" and "AMERICA" within and around the legend: "BY RESOLUTION OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES/MARCH 2,/1867/CYRUS W. FIELD (in Gothic lettering)/OF/NEW YORK/FOR HIS FORESIGHT, FAITH, AND PERSISTENCY/IN ESTABLISHING/TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION,/BY MEANS OF THE/ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH,/CONNECTING THE OLD WITH THE NEW WORLD."
Gallery Label: 
This medallion was issued by the U. S. Mint after the Congressional resolution of March 2, 1867 to commemorate Field's establishment of the telegraphic cable that linked Great Britain and the United States.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group