Henry Hudson Commemorative Medal
Aluminum; cardboard, paper
diameter: 5.113 cm; case: 6.1913 x 6.1913 x 1.1113 cm
Aluminum struck medal with obverse showing Henry Hudson and his sailors aboard ship; legend around border: "DISCOVERY OF HUDSON RIVER BY HENRY HUDSON A. D. MDCIX/THE AMERICAN/NUMISMATIC SOCIETY/HUDSON-FULTON/CELEBRATION COMM:"; image of sailing ship at lower center with inscription: "HALVE MAENE." Reverse depicts three seated allegorical female figures with naval attributes representing steam navigation; portrait in medallion suspended on ribbon overhead, flanked by two fluted columns and inscribed: "ROBERT FULTON/1765 1815"; distant seascape, at left, and Manhattan skyline, at right; inscription in exergue: "FIRST USE OF STEAM IN NAVIGATION/ON THE HUDSON RIVER/1807." Square white cardboard presentation box stamped: "OFFICIAL MEDAL/OF THE/HUDSON = FULTON/Celebration Commission/PATENTED 1909/PUBLISHED BY/THE WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO./NEWARK, N.J."
Gift of Miss Eva L. Guernsey
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