Medal with Statue of Liberty
Medal: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Edge: "2004 MEDALLIC ART CO. DAYTON NV. - BRONZE 79/100"
Obverse: "FRÉDÉRIC-AUGUSTE BARTHOLDI / 1834 - 1904" Reverse: "Commemorating the / September 2004 / Visit to France by / The Statue of Liberty Club / To Honor / the 100th Anniversary / of the Death of / Auguste Bartholdi"
Circular bronze medal in cardboard box; obverse with image of sculptor holding model of Statue of Liberty with name above and life dates below; reverse with central inscription surrounded by laurel wreath.
The Statue of Liberty Club was founded in 1991 to encourage and promote interest in the Statue of Liberty and today counts several hundred individuals among its active membership. In 2004, the centennial of the death of the Statue of Liberty's sculptor, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), members of the Club traveled to his birthplace in Colmar, France. They presented local officials with a specially commissioned medal honoring Bartholdi and minted additional examples for future presentation and distribution. Designed by Missouri sculptor Don Wiegand, the medal was minted by Medallic Art Co. (formerly of New York City, now located in Nevada) in a limited edition of 250. The Club commissioned 125 medals with an inscription on the reverse about the visit to France and another 125 inscribed only "The Statue of Liberty Club" on the reverse. The Society's example, one of the former, is the 79th of 100 numbered examples.
Gift of the State of Liberty Club
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