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Paul Revere Sesquicentennial Commemorative Medal

Object Number: 
218
Date: 
1925
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Container (box): 2 3/4 × 2 3/4 × 3/8 in. (7 × 7 × 1 cm)
Marks: 
Inscription: reverse, below exergual line: "A", at left, and "F", at right. Inscription: box bottom, in black ink: "Bronze medal/presented by/S.V. Hoffman/April 27, 1925/Museum/accession/#218" Inscription: inside box cover: "Medallic Art Co./New York"
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse depicting clothed male bust facing left; with urn and ribbon-tied sword below; legend above: "PAVL . REVERE"; inscription: "PATRIOT SOLDIER/SILVERSMITH ENGRAVER"; dates at right of portrait: "1735/1818." Reverse depicts male figure standing in front of horse with landscape in background and tree at right; legend within line border: ". PAVL . REVERE . SESQUI - CENTENNIAL . 1925 ."; in exergue: ". A . N . S . " Meda is inset into square cream-colored cardboard box.
Gallery Label: 
When the 150th anniversary of Paul Revere's ride took place in 1925, the American Numismatic Society commissioned Anthony de Francisci, the designer of the "Peace Dollar" and the "Maine Centennial Half-Dollar," to create a commemorative medal. Unfortunately, there was little interest among subscribers and the piece turned out to be a financial failure. The reverse design was also criticized for its depiction of Paul Revere mounting his horse from the wrong flank.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group