101849 | UNITED STATES. Sesquicentennial Exposition gilt bronze Award Medal.

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    101849  |  UNITED STATES. Sesquicentennial Exposition gilt bronze Award Medal. Issued 1926 and awarded as a prize for the expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (76mm, 149.68 g, 12h). By A. Laessle and struck by Bailey, Banks, & Biddle Co. in Philadelphia.

     

    Eagle standing left on guard over nest with two eggs; oak branches around; on horizon in background, facade of Independence Hall and rising sun / – SESQUICENTENNIAL – INTERNATIONAL – EXPOSITION – PHILADELPHIA – / 1776—1926, MEDAL / OF AWARD on central medallion with rising sun; all within stylized wreath. Edge: B.B.B. Co. PHILA.

     

    Marqusee 235. Gem Mint State. Brassy yellow surfaces, with an alluring matte nature. Includes original box of issue, though a bit distressed, along with info card. A fairly scarce type, especially when encountered this alluring and problem-free, and with the original, accompanying materials.

     

    Designed by Albert Leassle for his hometown expo in Philadelphia, this medal garnered him a gold medal for the design itself. The expo served as a celebration for the city of Philadelphia, and the United States in general, for the 150th anniversary, or sesquicentennial, of American independence.

     

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