Bronze; leather, cardboard, paper, silk
case: 4 x 4 x 7/8 in. ( 10.2 x 10.2 x 2.2 cm )
diameter: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.3 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing double-faced head with elderly sage looking downward representing learning and wisdom, at left, and upward-looking youth reflecting hope through aspiration to knowledge, at right; legend above: "EX SCIENTIA SPES" ("FROM KNOWLEDGE, HOPE"). Reverse shows sun emitting rays of light flanked by two classical columns adorned with fruit garlands; inscription below: "THE/NEW YORK/PUBLIC LIBRARY/1961." Black square leather fitted case with sleeve and red silk velvet lining.
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