Columbia University Bicentennial Commemorative Plaquette
Bronze; carboard, paper
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 )
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.
Gift of Mr. Edmund Astley Prentis
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"
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