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John Ericsson Medal

Object Number: 
1945.507
Date: 
After 1889
Medium: 
Aluminum
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.8 cm )
Description: 
Aluminum struck medal with obverse showing clothed three-quarter bust of Ericsson facing left with legend: "JOHN ERICSSON/BORN JULY 31, 1803 DIED MARCH 8, 1889." Reverse depicts first iron-clad steamship "Monitor" with legend above: "VICTORIOUS/MARCH 9TH 1862"; inscription in exergue: "FORTITER/INRE."
Gallery Label: 
Swedish-born John Ericsson (1803-1889) was an engineering and design genius. After working in Sweden and England, he emigrated to the United States in the late 1830's. In 1861 he was awarded a contract for his controversial design for a completely iron-clad vessel. The keel for the ship - named the Monitor - was laid at the Continental Iron Works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; it was launched on January 30, 1862.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group