George Washington Bicentennial Medal

Object Number: 
1949.251
Date: 
1932
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 15/16 in. ( 7.5 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation: "LAVRA GARDIN FRASER SCULPTOR"
Description: 
Silver struck medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of George Washington facing left with legend: "WASHINGTON" and dates "1732 1932" flanking Washington coat or arms in shield. Reverse shows statue of Liberty holding torch and sheathed sword with flying eagle and thirteen scattered stars above; inscription at center of field: "PROCLAIM LIBERTY/THROVGHOVT ALL THE LAND."
Gallery Label: 
This medal, struck by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, was intended to be used for awards in the national essay, oratorical and declamatory contests sponsored by the United States Commission for the Celebration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington. The master medal, struck in platinum, was presented to President Hoover, Chairman of the Commission.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Rodman Gilder
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group