Hudson-Fulton Celebration Official Commemorative Medal
diameter: 101.7mm (4 in.)
Reverse under right figure: "E. FUCHS"; on edge: ""WHITEHEAD-HOAG".
Bronze struck medallion 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 in exerg. 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 exerg.: "FIRST USE OF STEAM IN NAVIGATION/ON THE HUDSON RIVER/1807."
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.
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
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