101760 | UNITED STATES. Binghamton, New York. White Metal Medal.

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    101760  |  UNITED STATES. Binghamton, New York. White Metal Medal. Issued 1888. Commemorating the dedication of the monument to local Civil War veterans (40mm, 19.63 g, 12h).

     

    THIS MONUMENT IS THE TRIBUTE OF / BROOME COUNTY, TO HER BRAVE SONS WHO SERVED IN DEFENCE / OF THE UNION / 1861–1865, view of the monument / SOUVENIR / UNVEILING / SOLDIERS & SAILORS / MONUMENT / JULY 4th 1888 / BINGHAMTON, N.Y. in seven lines; all within wreath. Edge: Plain.

     

    HK –; socalleddollar.com Unlisted #563. Choice Mint State. Highly brilliant and radiant, with a few light marks in the fields. Very rare and highly attractive.

     

    The Civil War still being fresh in the memories of many throughout the nation, numerous monuments were constructed within a generation in order to remember the many who had fallen in the campaign of north against south. In the case of those in the Southern Tier of New York and, more specifically, Broome County, a special monument was created for this very purpose. As recounted by Roger Luther in A Column about Historic Structures of New York's Southern Tier,

     

    "...in 1878, a Soldiers and Sailors Monument Association was formed in Binghamton and a small plot of land on Courthouse Square was procured for construction of a monument. It wasn’t until Memorial Day, 1888 that construction finally began, and on July 4 of that year, a 49-foot-tall granite monument was unveiled. Designed by the local firm Barnes & Congdon, there was no lack of architectural talent involved in the effort. Noted Binghamton architect Isaac Perry, who at that time served as New York State Architect and Capitol Commissioner, was the design consultant. Sanford Lacey of Perry’s Binghamton office contributed to the design. An eight-foot tall granite sculpture of Lady Liberty stands at the top of the multi-tiered column. On pedestals at each side of the column are bronze figures of a sailor and soldier standing at parade rest. A close look at the base of the bronze figures reveals inscriptions, “C. Wagner, Sculptor”, and “Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company” a foundry in New York City."

     

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