United States Centennial Commemorative Medal

Object Number: 
1949.121
Date: 
1874
Medium: 
Bronze; leather, wood, silk
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: 
White metal 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." Medal inset into black leather square fitted case with purple silk velvet interior.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. John R. Bennet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group