Medal

Object Number: 
2008.42.343
Date: 
1909
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 38mm (1 1/2 in.)
Marks: 
Obverse between legend text: "F.C.H.".
Description: 
Copper struck medal with obverse showing figure with flag atop globe and sun in background; legend: "PERRY RAISED THIS FLAG/ WHO WILL RAISE THE OTHER?" Reverse legend: "AT THE AGE OF 53/ ROBERT E. PEARY/ COMMANDER U.S.N./ A NATIVE OF CRESSON, PENNSYLVANIA/ AFTER REPEATED ATTEMPTS/ FIRST SUCCEEDED/ IN PLANTING THE STARS AND STRIPES AT/ THE NORTH POLE/ APRIL SIXTH/ 1909/ THE FIRST MEDAL TO THIS INTREPID HERO/ DEDICATED BY THOMAS L. ELDER/ NUMISMATIST/ 32 EAST TWENTY THIRD ST/ NEW YORK."
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group