Erie Canal Celebration Medal
Gold; wood, leather, silk
case: 2 1/4 in. ( 5.7 cm ) diameter: 1 3/4 in. ( 4.4 cm )
Inscription: obverse, in exergue, at lower left: "R. DEL." Inscription: obverse, in exergue, at lower right: "W. SC." Inscription: reverse, in exergue, at center: "C.C.WRIGHT SC." Inscription: case cover, embossed in gold: "MAJ. GEN. ANDREW JACKSON. 18
Gold struck medal with obverse depicting Pan and Neptune, with legend: "UNION OF ERIE WITH THE ATLANTIC." Reverse depicts eagle perched upon world globe over shield with scroll inscribed "EXCELSIOR" below; legend: "ERIE CANAL COMM. 4 JULY 1817 COMP. 26 OCT. 1825"; inscription in exergue: "1826/PRESENTED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK." Medal is inset into red circular leather case with cream silk satin and blue silk velvet interior.
Struck in commemoration of the opening of the Erie Canal, this gold medal was presented by the City of New York to Major-General Andrew Jackson in 1827.
Gift of Miss G. Wilbour
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