Cornelius Vanderbilt Presentation Medal
diameter: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing nude bust of Cornelius Vanderbilt facing right; legend around border contining six stars: "A GRATEFUL COUNTRY TO HIS GENEROUS SON/CORNELIUS VANDERBILT." Reverse depicts allegorical scene with standing figure of America facing kneeling Neptune in the guise of a woman; steamship in background; inscription in exergue: "BIS DAT QUI TEMPORI DAT./1865 [at center]."
Gift of Salathiel Ellis, 1872
Inscription: obverse, on bust truncation, at center: "S.ELLIS SC."
Inscription: reverse, below exergual line, at left: "ELLIS SC."
Inscription: reverse, below exergual line, at right: "LEUTZE DEL."
Inscription: document, in black ink: "Vanderbilt /Medal/[vertically]Presented by/S. Ellis/June 4 1872"
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