101659 | UNITED STATES. Christopher Columbus white metal Medal.
101659 | UNITED STATES. Christopher Columbus/Declaration of Independence white metal Medal. Issued 1893 (58mm, 61.29 g, 12h). By R. Lovett and Boldenweck & Co.
SIGNING OF DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE / JULY 4th 1776, scene featuring the signing of the independence, as depicted in John Trumbull's painting; below, eagle, with wings spread and head right, standing facing upon Union shield; banner behind reading WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION; busts of Christopher Columbus and George Washington to left and right; CHICAGO below / DISCOVERY OF AMERICA / DEC. 1620 / LANDING OF THE PILGRIMS, panels composed of landing scenes—above: erection of a cross and subjugation of Native Americans; below: ships arriving coastline. Edge: BOLDENWECK & CO / PAT'D OCT. 7 1890.
Eglit 36A; Rulau X9. Choice About Uncirculated. Some hints of brilliance remaining in the fields, with some scattered marks and subtle rim nicks 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. In the case here, the birth of the United States is evoked through images of George Washington and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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