Christopher Columbus Commemorative Medal
diameter: 2 5/16 in. ( 5.9 cm )
Inscription: obverse, at lower left of field: "L.POGLIACHI INV. A.CAPPUCCIO ING. JOHNSON - MILANO" Inscription: envelope, in black ink: "Christopher columbus/Medal, 1492-1892/(Bronze)/Presented by/R. Horace Gallatin,/April 21, 1925/Museum Accession/#199
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing clothed bust of Columbus within central roundel, surrounded by elaborate border comprised of figures of Native American and Columbia, joining hands, with world globe above and eagle below; legend: "CRISTOFORO COLOMBO." Reverse depicts group of Native Americans, awe-struck by apperance of winged Columbia, at upper left, surrounded by winged putti holding burning torch, cornucopia, and caduceus; sun rising in background, at left; date above: "MDCCCXCII"; all within ornate border of shields and stars.
Gift of R. Horace Gallatin, 1925
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