Cyrus Field Medallion
diameter: 4 in. ( 10.2 cm )
Struck bronze medallion, obverse showing hand issuing from clouds about to place laurel wreath on the head of Cyrus Field (facing left) itself on base of clouds. Below is a scene of two ships sailing from two partial globes labelled "AMERICA" and "EUROPE." The two continents are further connected by chain at bottom; legend above field reads : "HONOR AND FAME ARE THE REWARD"; exergual legend reads: "INDOMINATABLE PERSEVERANCE/AND ENDURING FAITH ACHIEVES THE SUCCESS."; field is surrounded by border in the form of cable. Reverse has ornate border, American shield, thirty-one stars in the form of a star, branches, and a globe labelled "EUROPE" and "AMERICA" within and around the legend: "BY RESOLUTION OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES/MARCH 2,/1867/CYRUS W. FIELD (in Gothic lettering)/OF/NEW YORK/FOR HIS FORESIGHT, FAITH, AND PERSISTENCY/IN ESTABLISHING/TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION,/BY MEANS OF THE/ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH,/CONNECTING THE OLD WITH THE NEW WORLD."
inscribed: bottom left below field: "J. G. BRUFF D."
inscribed: below field, at right: "BARBER F."
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