Museum Open Monday

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Monday, December 29, 10am-6pm. For details, please visit our calendar.

"Uncle Sam Sesquicentennial" Commemorative Medal

"Uncle Sam Sesquicentennial" Commemorative Medal
"Uncle Sam Sesquicentennial" Commemorative Medal
Bronze; cardboard, paper,
box: 4 x 4 x 5/8 in. ( 10.2 x 10.2 x 1.6 cm ) diameter: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing standing figure of Uncle Sam at center with mountainous landscape with fir trees in background, flanked by faces of two soldiers, at left, and those of early European settler, a pioneer, a Native American, Washington and Lincoln, at right; legend above: "THANK GOD FOR AMERICA GUARDIAN OF FREEDOM"; inscription within scalloped reserve at lower right: "Uncle Sam/SESQUICENTENNIAL/1812-1962." Reverse depicts man with rifle standing upon rock with inscription: "THE/MINUTEMAN/LEXINGTON, MASS." and facing right, flanked by open book inscribed vertically across spine "HOLY BIBLE", at left, and American flag, at right; scroll at left with inscription: "DECLARATION/OF/INDEPENDENCE"; legend: ''KEEP ALIVE THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE/FIGHT COMMUNISM/ONE NATION UNDER GOD." Medal inset into square cardboard box with white and black striped cover and red bottom and fitted red paper interior.
Object Number 
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of image: "JN" Inscription: reverse, at lower left of image, vertically: "J. NORDQUIST sc." Inscription: edge, lower center: "THE METAL ARTS CO., INC., ROCH., N.Y." Inscription: inside box cover, imprinted in red: "THE METAL ARTS CO., INC./ROCHESTER, NEW YORK"
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group