Cyrus Field Medallion

Object Number: 
2008.42.196
Date: 
ca. 1858
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 102.8mm (4 1/16 in.)
Marks: 
Obverse bottom left below field: "J. G. BRUFF D."; bottom right below field: "BARBER F."
Description: 
Struck bronze medallion with obverse showing hand issuing from clouds with laurel wreath above left-facing head of Cyrus Field, itself on base of clouds. Below are two ships sailing from two partial globes labeled "AMERICA" and "EUROPE." The two continents are further connected by chain at bottom; legend above: "HONOR AND FAME ARE THE REWARD"; legend in exergue.: "INDOMITABLE 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 labeled "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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group