100762 | UNITED STATES. Charles Lindbergh silvered bronze Plaque.
100762 | UNITED STATES. Charles Lindbergh silvered bronze Plaque. Issued 1927. Commemorating the first west-east transatlantic flight [New York–Paris] (88x63mm; 226.71 g, 12h). By J. Gregory and struck by Robbins & Co. in Attleboro, MA.
PER ASPERA AD ASTRA (through hardships toward glory), the Spirit of St. Louis flying right among the stars and clouds, the earth at a distance below, with outlines of eastern North America, western Europe, and western Africa, along with the plane's route / Aviator badge above COMMEMORATING FIRST NON-STOP / NEW YORK TO PARIS FLIGHT / BY / COL. CHARLES A. LINDBERGH / MAY 20-21, 1927 / AERONAUTICAL CHAMBER / OF COMMERCE OF AMERICA in seven lines. Edge: ROBBINS CO / ATTLEBORO.
Marqusee –. Choice Extremely Fine. Polished in the past, with some scattered light hairlines. A rather rare piece in silvered bronze.
In May 1927, American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh won the Orteig Prize (a $25,000 award for the first Allied aviator(s) who could successfully make a transatlantic flight between New York and Paris). Following this monumental achievement, Lindbergh would receive numerous accolades, such as a banquet given in his honor by the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce on 16 June 1927 at the Waldorf-Astoria. Lindbergh was presented with a gold version of this plaque, while 1,500 examples in bronze were produced. The number of specimens in silvered bronze, such as this piece, is unknown, though they are much rarer than the bronze version.