The Circle of Friends of the Medallion 9th Issue
Bronze; paper, cloth, cardboard
case: 8 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 3/4 in. ( 21.6 x 14.3 x 1.9 cm ) Overall: 2 5/16 x 3 in. ( 5.8 x 7.6 cm )
Inscription: obverse, at right of field: "QUELIN/SCULP." Inscription: edge, upper center: "J.K.DAVISON/PHILA" Inscription: case, inside front cover, in pencil, at upper right corner: " Jan. 20, 1919"
Bronze die-struck oval medal with obverse depicting uniformed bust of John Fremont facing left; inscription at left of image: "JOHN/CHARLES/FREMONT/PATHFINDER/SCIENTIST/SOLDIER." Reverse depicts winged allegorical figure of Victory holding olive branches and nugget of gold; beneath is banner with bear symbolizing California; behind her is the Golden Gate and rising sun; galleon at left, and steamship at right; flowers and fruit at her feet. Medal is inset into book-style clothbound presentation case of the Circle of Friends of the Medallion containing historical background; gold embossed logo with portrait of Pisanello at upper right corner of cover and number "9" on upper section of spine; woodblock-printed bookplate with initials "JMA" applied to inside of front cover .
In the late 1830s and early 1840s John C. Fremont, a famous American explorer and prominent politician, explored and surveyed much of the American West, particularly the Oregon Trail. Eventually, he settled in California where he grew wealthy during the Gold Rush of 1848 and became one of the state's first two senators. He was the Republican party's first ever candidate for president in 1856 and ran again in 1860, withdrawing that year in favor of Abraham Lincoln.
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