101656 | UNITED STATES. Christopher Columbus/Columbian Expo white metal Medal.

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    101656  |  UNITED STATES. Christopher Columbus/Columbian Expo Souvenir white metal Medal. Issued 1893. Issued for the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America and ensuing expo (50mm, 33.36 g, 12h).

     

    CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS / BORN 1456 DIED 1506, half-length bust of Columbus facing slightly left, holding charts; all within wreath / SOUVENIR WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION, CHICAGO, U.S.A. 1892–1893, two female allegories of America to right, one seated and one standing, pointing at a distance to left over the expo grounds; Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria on horizon to left with rising sun; eagle above, with arrows and banner; in two lines in exergue, 1493–1893 / IV. CENTENNIAL. Edge: Some light marks and discoloration, otherwise plain.

     

    Eglit 55; Rulau B6. Choice Mint State. Quite brilliant and mirrored in the fields, with some pleasing frosting elsewhere; some light hairlines are noted.

     

    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.

     

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