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Pennsylvania Bicentennial Commemorative Medal

Object Number: 
INV.3352B
Date: 
1882
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 in. ( 2.6 cm )
Description: 
Brass struck token with obverse showing clothed three-quarter bust portrait of William Penn facing left with vertical legend: "PENN/1682." Reverse bears seal of Pennsylvania at center surrounded by legend: "DISTRIBUTED BY EMPLOYES [sic!] OF U.S.MINT DURING THE CELEBRATION/OF PENNSYLVANIA'S BI-CENTENNIAL./OCT. 24, 1882."
Gallery Label: 
75,000 of these medals were originally struck in brass for distribution during the parade of October 24, 1882. There was to be a wagon drawn by six horses, carrying a steam press, from which newly-struck medals would be thrown to the crowds. Considerable newspaper publicity about the medals being struck during the parade stimulated great interest amongst medal collectors thoughout the country, so it is probable that the mint started striking them for sale because of the demand.
Credit Line: 
Gift of W. Jackson, 1882
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group