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Erie Canal Celebration Medal

Erie Canal Celebration Medal
Erie Canal Celebration Medal
Erie Canal Celebration Medal
Title
Erie Canal Celebration Medal
Date 
1826
Medium 
Gold; wood, leather, silk
Dimensions 
case: 2 1/4 in. ( 5.7 cm ) diameter: 1 3/4 in. ( 4.4 cm )
Description 
Gold 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." Medal is inset into red circular leather case with cream silk satin and blue silk velvet interior.
Credit Line 
Gift of Miss G. Wilbour
Object Number 
1932.68ab
Marks 
Inscription: obverse, in exergue, at lower left: "R. DEL." Inscription: obverse, in exergue, at lower right: "W. SC." Inscription: reverse, in exergue, at center: "C.C.WRIGHT SC." Inscription: case cover, embossed in gold: "MAJ. GEN. ANDREW JACKSON. 1827."
Gallery Label 
Struck in commemoration of the opening of the Erie Canal, this gold medal was presented by the City of New York to Major-General Andrew Jackson in 1827.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group