Medal

Object Number: 
2008.42.85ab
Date: 
1892-1893
Medium: 
White metal
Dimensions: 
diameter: 31.6mm (1 1/4 in.)
Marks: 
On reverse below branches: "G.W.L."
Description: 
Pair of white metal struck medals, one with hole pierced at top, with obverse showing front right-facing bust-length portrait of bare-headed Columbus in ruff and holding chain necklace; legend: "CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS". Reverse shows eye in pyramid above dates in conjoined wreaths: "1492 1892"; within branches legend: "FOUR HUNDREDTH/ ANNIVERSARY/ OF THE/ DISCOVERY OF AMERICA/ CELEBRATED IN THE/ UNITED STATES/ OCT. 21. 1892". Between branches and rim: "FROM DEEPEST BARBARISM TO HIGHEST CIVILIZATION".
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group