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Columbia University Bicentennial Commemorative Plaquette

Object Number: 
1954.91
Date: 
1954
Medium: 
Bronze; carboard, paper
Dimensions: 
case: 4 3/8 x 2 9/16 x 9/16 in. ( 11.1 x 6.5 x 1.4 cm ) Overall: 4 1/16 x 2 5/16 x 3/16 in. ( 10.3 x 5.8 x 0.5 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: edge, lower center: "MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y." Inscription: case lid, at upper center, imprinted in gold: "COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/BICENTENNIAL/MEDAL" Inscription: case lid, inside center, imprinted in black ink: "Medallic Art Co./New York"
Description: 
Bronze struck plaquette with obverse showing seated female allegorical figure of Knowledge with scepter and open book, inscription above: "COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY/1754 1954"; inscription below: "MAN'S.RIGHT.TO/KNOWLEDGE.AND/THE.FREE.USE/THEREOF." with stylized lion's head and palm branch below. Reverse bears crown within laurel wreath and four small semi-spherical decorative details at corners; inscription: "KING'S COLLEGE/1754/COLUMBIA COLLEGE/1784/COLUMBIA/UNIVERSITY/IN THE/CITY OF NEW YORK/1912/BICENTENNIAL YEAR/1954." Pale blue rectangular cardboard case.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Edmund Astley Prentis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group