United States Centennial Commemorative Medal
Bronze; wood, leather, silk, brass
case: 3 x 3 x 7/8 in. ( 7.6 x 7.6 x 2.2 cm ) diameter: 2 5/16 in. ( 5.8 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing draped allegorical figure of Liberty placing laurel wreaths upon figures of Industry and Art kneeling at left and right of her, respectively; date in exergue: "1876"; legend around line border: "IN COMMEMORATION OF THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE/ACT OF CONGRESS JUNE 1874." Reverse depicts rising Liberty with sword in right hand and left hand pointing toward thirteen stars in glory above; date in exergue: "1776"; legend within beaded border: "THESE UNITED COLONIES ARE AND OF RIGHT OUGHT TO BE FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES." Black rectangular leather fitted case with purple silk velvet interior and brass closure.
Gift of the Estate of Sarah E. Mower, 1910
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