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." Black leather square fitted presentation case with dark green silk satin and silk velvet lining.
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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