Harkness, Andrew. "The American Institute - Catalyst for the American Greatness." TAMS (Token and Medal Society) Journal 29, no. 4 (August 1989): 123-135.
Silver; leather, wood, silk
case: 3 x 3 x 3/4 in. ( 7.6 x 7.6 x 1.9 cm )
diameter: 2 1/16 in. ( 5.2 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing figure of Liberty holding laurel wreath and pole surmounted by Phrygian cap; at left are tools of agriculture and sailing ship in the background; at right -- symbols of American state and cornucopia; legend above: "THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE."; inscription in exergue: "NEW YORK." Reverse has space for engraving at center, enclosed within open laurel wreath, with legend: "THE SPECIAL MEDAL" and inscription below: "AWARDED/TO/GEO. C. DRESSEL,/for Signal Lamps,/1886." Medal is inset into square black leather fitted case with purple silk velvet lining.
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