Erie Canal Celebration Medal

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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.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss G. Wilbour
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group