Tadeusz Kosciuszko Bicentennial Medal
Bronze; cardbboard, cloth, paper
Overall: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Container (box): 2 3/4 × 2 3/4 × 1/2 in. (7 × 7 × 1.3 cm)
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at left: illegible artist's signature Inscription: edge, lower center: "MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE" Inscription: inside box cover, imprinted in black: "MEDALLIC ART CO./NEW YORK"
Bronze struck medal with obverse depicting clothed male bust facing right with legend: "TADEUSZ KOSCIUSZKO." Reverse depicts eagle at center with two crossed spears, enclosed by wreath of wheat, laurel, and oak; with inscriptions: "POLAND/RACLAWICE/AMERICA/SARATOGA/POLAND/MACIEJOWICE/AMERICA/WEST POINT"; legend: "HE WAS AS PURE A SON OF LIBERTY AS I HAVE EVER KNOWN AND THAT LIBERTY WHICH IS TO GO TO ALL./AND NOT TO THE FEW OR/TO THE RICH ALONE"/(th. jefferson)/1746 1946/BICENTENARY OF BIRTH." Medal is inset into light yellow cloth-covered square cardboard box.
Gift of Mr. Czeslaw Gronostaj, Attache in Charge of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the Polish People's Republic, Washington, D.C.
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