Hudson-Fulton Celebration Official Commemorative Medallion
diameter: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm )
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "E.FUCHS" Inscription: reverse, at lower right of field: "E.FUCHS" Inscription: edge, lower center: "STERLING 39 WHITEHEAD-HOAG"
Silver 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."
This medal was issued jointly by the American Numismatic Society and the Medal Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Commission. 124,698 examples of the medal were struck, in a variety of sizes and metals, which makes it one of the largest issues of a single medal ever produced. In 1609, after dropping anchor in what later became the lower bay of New York harbor, Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson river (which he discovered and named) to what became the city of Albany, New York.
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