Lincoln commemorative medal

Object Number: 
2011.1
Date: 
1909
Medium: 
Copper with silk ribbon
Dimensions: 
Diameter: 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Marks: 
Obverse: Portrait bust of Lincoln with "CENTENNIAL OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN MCMIX" Reverse: "GOVERNMENT / OF THE PEOPLE / BY THE PEOPLE / FOR THE PEOPLE / SHALL NOT PERISH / FROM THE EARTH" with eagle above and fasces below.
Description: 
Copper medal; obverse with bust of Lincoln; reverse with inscription, "GOVERNMENT / OF THE PEOPLE / BY THE PEOPLE / FOR THE PEOPLE / SHALL NOT PERISH / FROM THE EARTH". Red, white, and blue ribbon tied to loop at top. Medal housed in original cardboard mount.
Gallery Label: 
This medal was issued by the Lincoln Centenary Committee of the City of New York, under Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr., as the official commemorative medal of the centenary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The medal was designed by sculptor and medallist Bela Lyon Pratt, a student of Saint-Gaudens who is best known designing the 1908 Indian Head Quarter. The medals were one of many activities of the Centenary Committee, which also organized gatherings throughout the city for the reading of the Gettysburg Address, nighttime illuminations, distribution of pamphlets with extracts from Lincoln's speeches, and encouraged citizens to decorate their homes.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Michelle Srebnik
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group