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Erie Canal Celebration Medal

Erie Canal Celebration Medal
Erie Canal Celebration Medal
Title
Erie Canal Celebration Medal
Date 
1826
Medium 
White metal
Dimensions 
diameter: 1 3/4 in. ( 4.4 cm )
Description 
White metal struck medal with obverse depicting Pan and Neptune, with legend: "UNION OF ERIE WITH THE ATLANTIC." Reverse depicts eagle perched upon world globe over shield with scroll inscribed "EXCELSIOR" below; legend: "ERIE CANAL COMM. 4 JULY 1817 COMP. 26 OCT. 1825"; inscription in exergue: "1826/PRESENTED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK."
Object Number 
X.116
Marks 
Inscription: obverse, in exergue, at left: "R.DEL." Inscription: obverse, in exergue, at right: "W. SC" Inscription: reverse, in exergue, at center: "C.C.WRIGHT SC."
Gallery Label 
This medal celebrates the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 after eight years of construction, a project that would spur development of the port of New York City in years to come. The Erie Canal spanned 363 miles across New York state, connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group