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Jenny Lind Commemorative Medal

Jenny Lind Commemorative Medal
Jenny Lind Commemorative Medal
Title
Jenny Lind Commemorative Medal
Date 
1850
Medium 
White metal
Dimensions 
diameter: 1 11/16 in. ( 4.3 cm )
Description 
White metal struck medal with obverse depicting female head facing left with legend: "JENNY LIND." Reverse bears inscription at center: "AT CASTLE GARDEN/N.Y. SEP.11.1850./ATTENDED BY/7.000 PEOPLE", surrounded by legend: "FIRST CONCERT IN AMERICA/PROCEEDS. 35.000.DOLLARS/12.500. DOLLARS GIVEN BY MISS LIND TO CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS."
Object Number 
INV.13824
Gallery Label 
Jenny Lind (1820-1887), a renown Swedish opera singer known throughout Europe as "The Swedish Nightingale," was invited by P. T. Barnum to tour America in 1850. Her yearlong tour turned out to be a great success with American public, both common and distinguished alike.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group