George Washington Inaugural Centennial Medallion

Object Number: 
INV.4877
Date: 
1889
Medium: 
Bronze; paper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 4 1/2 in. ( 11.5 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation: "PHILIP.MARTINY.MODELER.DESIGN.AND/COPYRIGHT.BY.AVGUSTVS.SAINT-GAUDENS."
Description: 
Bronze cast medallion with obverse depicting clothed bust of Washington facing left with tied fasces at right, dividing inscription: "PATER/PAT/RIAE/MDCCL/XX/XIX"; legend on star-studded border: "GEORGE WASHINGTON." Reverse with border of stars shows American eagle with spread wings at upper center and seal of New York at lower right; inscription: "TO.COMMEMORATE/THE.INAVGVRATION/OF.GEORGE.WASHINGTON/AS.FIRST.PRESIDENT.OF.THE/VNITED-SATES-OF-AMERICA/AT.NEW-YORK-APRIL.XXX/M.D.C.C.LXXXIX./BY.AVTHORITY.OF/THE.COMMITTEE/ON.CELEBRATION/NEW.YORK-APRIL/.XXX/.M.D.C.C.C.L.XXXIX."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group