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Medal

Object Number: 
INV.3690
Date: 
1861
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/4 in. (70mm)
Marks: 
on reverse: "G.H. LOVETT, N. YORK" and AUG. B. SAGE PUB."
Description: 
Gilt bronze (?) cast medal presented to Major Robert Anderson; obverse with image of Fort Sumter under siege and legend above "SUMTER.", in exergue "APRIL 12 & 13 / 1861". Reverse with a wreath of oak leaves joining an American shield, containing legend "TO / MAJ. ROBERT ANDERSON / U.S.A. / FROM THE CITIZENS OF / NEW YORK CITY, / AS A / SLIGHT TRIBUTE. / TO HIS / PATRIOTISM." around perimeter "PRUDENS, FIDELIS ET AUDAX. INVICTAE FIDELITATIS PRAEMIUM."
Gallery Label: 
On July 10, 1861 New York City Mayor Fernando Wood presented a gold medal to Major Robert Anderson (by proxy) on behalf of the citizens of New York for their appreciation of his brilliant defense of Fort Sumter at the start of the Civil War. Anderson's solid gold medal cost $500.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group