"Wood's Series" Washington Monument Medal
diameter: 1 9/16 in. ( 4 cm )
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at left: "I.F.W. DES. " Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at right: "G.H.L. FEC."
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing nude bust of Washington facing right in circle with legend: "1775 - 100 YEARS - 1875"; legend outside circle: "FIRST IN WAR AND IN PEACE/LAST IN SECURING." Reverse shows unfinished monument dividing vertical inscription: "WASHINGTON/D.C."; legend above: "(PRESIDENCY OF U.S.GRANT)/WOOD'S SERIES "C" NO.3"; outside legend: "A MONUMENT./CORNER STONE LAID 1848 - COMPLETED 1876 (?)."
Designed and published by Isaac F. Wood and engraved by George Hampden Lovett, this medal is a satire on the unfinished Washington Monument: "First in War and in Peace, Last in Securing a Monument." This medal was struck in 1875, but Wood and Lovett had to wait nine more years, until 1884, before the obelisk was completed. These medals were distributed on July 3, 1875, the centenary of Washington's assumption of command of the Continental army before Boston.
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