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Hudson-Fulton Celebration Official Commemorative Medal

Object Number: 
1942.331
Date: 
1909
Medium: 
Silver; leather, wood, silk
Dimensions: 
case: 5 x 5 x 3/4 in. ( 12.7 x 12.7 x 1.9 cm ) diameter: 4 in. ( 10.2 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "E.FUCHS" Inscription: reverse, at lower right of field: "E.FUCHS" Inscription: edge, lower center: "STERLING WHITEHEAD-HOAG" Inscription: case cover, impressed in gold, at center: "HUDSON-FULTON/CELEBRATI
Description: 
Silver 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." Brown leather square fitted presentation case with dark green silk satin and silk velvet lining.
Gallery Label: 
This medal was issued jointly by the American Numismatic Society and the Medal Committee of the Hudson-Fulton Commission. 124,698 medals in a variety of sizes and metals were struck, which made it one of the largest issues of a single medal ever produced.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. George B. McClellan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group