Hudson-Fulton Celebration Official Commemorative Medal
Bronze; leather, wood, silk
case: 4 x 4 x 1 in. ( 10.2 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm ) diameter: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm )
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "E.FUCHS" Inscription: reverse, at lower right of field: "E.FUCHS" Inscription: edge, lower center: "WHITEHEAD-HOAG" Inscription: case lid, impressed in gold: "Hudson fulton Banquet/September 29, 1909"
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing Henry Hudson and his sailors aboard ship; legend around border: "DISCOVERY OF HUDSON RIVER BY HENRY HUDSON A. D. MDCIX/THE AMERICAN/NUMISMATIC SOCIETY/HUDSON-FULTON/CELEBRATION COMM:"; image of sailing ship at lower center with inscription: "HALVE MAENE." Reverse depicts three seated allegorical female figures with naval attributes representing steam navigation; portrait in medallion suspended on ribbon overhead, flanked by two fluted columns and inscribed: "ROBERT FULTON/1765 1815"; distant seascape, at left, and Manhattan skyline, at right; inscription in exergue: "FIRST USE OF STEAM IN NAVIGATION/ON THE HUDSON RIVER/1807." Square black leather box with green silk satin interior.
This medal was issued jointly by the American Numismatic Society and the Medal Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Commission. 124,698 medals in a variety of sizes and metals were struck, which made it one of the largest issues of a single medal ever produced.
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