101448 | UNITED STATES & DENMARK. Christopher Columbus white metal Medal.
101448 | UNITED STATES & DENMARK. Christopher Columbus/"Danish" white metal Medal. Issued 1893. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America (65mm, 96.69 g, 12h). By N. Fristrup, F. Schmahlfeld & V. Christesen in Copenhagen.
CHICAGO 21 OCTBR 1892 / GUANAHANI 12 OCTBR 1492, Columbus and robed female advancing left on deck of ship; radiant star above; compass pattern in border, with directional markings at the top, bottom, left, and right / Eagle, with head left, banner in beak, wings spread, Union shield on breast, and branch and arrows in talons, standing upon ornate rectangular cartouche containing five-line inscription: ESPOSIZIONE UNIVERSALE / CHICAGO 1893 / IN MEMORIA DELL' ILLUSTRE / NAVIGATORE / CRISTOFORO COLOMBO; exposition buildings below, with wreath extending around lower border. Edge: Some light marks, otherwise plain.
Eglit 37 var. (bronze); Rulau X11A. Mint State. Light argent-gray surfaces, with a good deal of brilliance; some scattered minor scuffs and marks are noted for completeness. Great artistry, and considered by Joe Levine to be "one of the most attractive of the Columbian medals."
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 so-called "Danish" medal was produced commemorating the quartercentenary.
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