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Medal: NY-B'klyn ...

Object Number: 
INV.3288
Date: 
1883 or later
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 in. ( 2.6 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, on exergual line, at left: "G.B.SOLEY" Inscription: obverse, on exergual line, at right: "P.H.W."
Description: 
Copper struck medal with obverse showing view of Brooklyn Bridge above East River navigated by ships, with buildings on either side; legend above: "NEW YORK . BROOKLYN"; inscription in exergue: "THE EIGHTH/WONDER." Reverse shows cartoon-like winged figure of bridge engineer, at center, holding torch; surrounding legend: "SEE OUR BRIDGE." Hole punched at top.
Gallery Label: 
This medal commemorates the opening of the East River Bridge (or the Brooklyn Bridge) on May 24, 1883, the first bridge to link Long Island and Manhattan. The steel-suspension engineering marvel spanned 1,595 feet, long the greatest distance for a bridge in the world. Today there are six bridges along the East River.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group