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102239 | UNITED STATES & SPAIN. Christopher Columbus silvered bronze Medal.

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    102239  |  UNITED STATES & SPAIN. Christopher Columbus silvered bronze Medal. Issued 1892. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his discovery of the New World (37mm, 28.81 g, 12h). By C. Mathey-Doret.


    CRISTÓBAL COLÓN / IV CENTENARIO, 1492–1892, capped bust left / 3 DE AGOSTO DE 1492 A CASTILLA I A LEÓN / NUEVO MUNDO DIÓ COLÓN 12 DE OCTUBRE DE 1492, coat-of-arms of Columbus as granted by Pope Alexander VI; all over wreath of oak and laurel branches. Edge: Some slight discoloration; otherwise plain.


    Eglit 282; Storer 170; Rulau B25. Choice Mint State. Lightly toned and highly lustrous.


    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, it was for the celebration back in Spain, for whom Columbus sailed. His special coat-of-arms, given to him by Pope Alexander VI (the Spaniard Rodrigo de Borja), contained emblems of Castile y León (lion rampant and castle) and of Columbus (gold islands—indicative of his discoveries—and anchors).


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