100968 | UNITED STATES & ITALY. Christopher Columbus silvered bronze Medal.
100968 | UNITED STATES & ITALY. Christopher Columbus silvered bronze Medal. Issued 1892. For the Italian-American Exposition (50mm, 69.90 g, 12h). By P. Ferrea in Genova.
Female allegories of the Arts and Industry left; attributes of the two around; at a distance, two steamships sailing, with rising sun in the background / ESPOSIZIONE ITALO-AMERICANA, five cherubs around a globe and medallion with the bust of Columbus; flag behind; below, plaque with 1492 1892 above view of the expo grounds. Edge: A few light marks, otherwise plain.
Eglit –; Rulau –. Mint State. Some underlying luster with charming relief. Very rare.
During the lead-up to the quadricentennial of Columbus's initial contact with the New World, numerous medals were designed and struck, both in the United States—in conjunction with the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago—and abroad, sometimes for this event of for similar others. This particular medal was issued for the Italian-American Exposition held in 1892 in Genova—the city in which the famous explorer was born.