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United States Centennial Commemorative Medal

United States Centennial Commemorative Medal
Title
United States Centennial Commemorative Medal
Date 
1874
Medium 
Bronze; wood, leather, silk, brass
Dimensions 
case: 3 x 3 x 7/8 in. ( 7.6 x 7.6 x 2.2 cm ) diameter: 2 5/16 in. ( 5.8 cm )
Description 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing draped allegorical figure of Liberty placing laurel wreaths upon figures of Industry and Art kneeling at left and right of her, respectively; date in exergue: "1876"; legend around line border: "IN COMMEMORATION OF THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE/ACT OF CONGRESS JUNE 1874." Reverse depicts rising Liberty with sword in right hand and left hand pointing toward thirteen stars in glory above; date in exergue: "1776"; legend within beaded border: "THESE UNITED COLONIES ARE AND OF RIGHT OUGHT TO BE FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES." Black rectangular leather fitted case with purple silk velvet interior and brass closure.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Estate of Sarah E. Mower, 1910
Object Number 
INV.4628
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group