Erie Canal Celebration Medallion

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Title:
Erie Canal Celebration Medallion
Date: 
1826
Medium: 
White metal
Classification: 
Dimensions: 
diameter: 3 3/16 in. ( 8.1 cm )
Date End: 
1 826
Description: 
White metal struck medallion 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 COMMENCED 4 JULY 1817 COMPLETED 26 OCT. 1825."
Object Number: 
Z.3551
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.
Date Begin: 
1826
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Creative: Tronvig Group