101085 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Christopher Columbus silver Medal.

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    101085  |  UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Christopher Columbus silver Medal. Issued 1892. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Columbian voyage to the New World (38mm, 19.44 g, 12h). By J. Christensen & E. Deitenbeck at O. Oertel's mint in Berlin.

     

    CHRISTOPH COLUMBUS, bust facing slightly right; wreath with anchor below / ZUM 400 JÄHR=JUBILAEUM DER ENTDECKUNG AMERICAS 12 OCTBR 1892, Fama flying right, holding banner inscribed 1492 billowing above; below, mapped horizon indicating points of the eastern and western hemispheres between which the voyage took place. Edge: Reeded.

     

    Rulau B16. Choice Mint State. Exceedingly lustrous and prooflike, with some scattered hairlines in the fields. Pleasingly toned, especially on the obverse.

     

    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 or for similar others. In this case, the expansive mint of Otto Oertel in Berlin produced this rather elegant type commemorating the quartercentenary.

     

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