The New York Public Library Medal
Bronze; cardboard, paper, silk, cloth
case: 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 x 3/4 in. ( 9.8 x 9.8 x 1.9 cm ) diameter: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm )
Inscription: case lid, inside, center: "Medallic Art Co./Nw York"
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing double-faced head with elderly sage looking downward representing learning and wisdom, at left, and upward-looking youth reflecting hope through aspiration to knowledge, at right; legend above: "EX SCIENTIA SPES" ("FROM KNOWLEDGE, HOPE"). Reverse shows sun emitting rays of light flanked by two classical columns adorned with fruit garlands; inscription below: "THE/NEW YORK/PUBLIC LIBRARY/1961." Black square cardboard fitted case with green silk velvet lining.
This New York Public Library medal uses classical imagery to align contemporary life and learning with the well-established tradition of gaining knowledge and pursuing scholarship through reading. The NYPL was formed in 1895 with the joining of the previously established Astor and Lenox libraries.
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