101658 | UNITED STATES. Christopher Columbus white metal Medal.

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    101658  |  UNITED STATES. Christopher Columbus/"Committee of 100" white metal Medal. Issued 1893. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America (57mm, 54.48 g, 12h). By C. F. Naegele & Gorham Mfg. Co. in New York.

     

    CHRISTOPHER COLVMBVS, bust of Columbus facing slightly left in central medallion; around, Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria between dolphins and set upon wave-like border / OCTOBER XII MCCCCXCII / TO COMMEMORATE THE FOVR / HVNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF / THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA BY / CHRISTOPHER COLVMBVS / BY AVTHORITY OF THE / COMMITTEE OF ONE / HVNDRED CITIZENS / OF NEW YORK / OCTOBER XII MDCCCXCII in ten lines; crowned coat-of-arms of Castile and León above; Union shield below. Edge: Plain.

     

    Eglit 98A; Rulau B19. Choice Mint State. Highly brilliant, with fields that remain quite clean for the metal.

     

    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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