George Washington Inaugural Centennial Medallion
case: 5 x 5 x 5/8 in. ( 12.7 x 12.7 x 1.6 cm ) diameter: 4 1/2 in. ( 11.5 cm )
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation: "PHILIP.MARTINY.MODELER.DESIGN.AND/COPYRIGHT.BY.AVGUSTVS.SAINT-GAUDENS." Inscription: case lid, top, center, imprinted in gold: "MDCCLXXXIX/THE WASHINGTON CENTENNIAL MEDAL/MDCCCLXXXIX"
Bronze cast medallion with obverse depicting clothed bust of Washington facing left with tied fasces at right, dividing inscription: "PATER/PAT/RIAE/MDCCL/XX/XIX"; legend on star-studded border: "GEORGE WASHINGTON." Reverse with border of stars shows American eagle with spread wings at upper center and seal of New York at lower right; inscription: "TO.COMMEMORATE/THE.INAVGVRATION/OF.GEORGE.WASHINGTON/AS.FIRST.PRESIDENT.OF.THE/VNITED-SATES-OF-AMERICA/AT.NEW-YORK-APRIL.XXX/M.D.C.C.LXXXIX./BY.AVTHORITY.OF/THE.COMMITTEE/ON.CELEBRATION/NEW.YORK-APRIL/.XXX/.M.D.C.C.C.L.XXXIX." White square cardboard case with cloth tape around lid and blue silk velvet lining at bottom.
Gift of the Estate of Sarah E. Mower
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