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400th Anniversary of Discovery of America Commemorative Medal

400th Anniversary of Discovery of America Commemorative Medal
Title
400th Anniversary of Discovery of America Commemorative Medal
Date 
1892
Medium 
Silver-plated bronze
Dimensions 
diameter: 57mm (2 1/4 in.)
Description 
Silver-plated bronze struck medal with obverse showing three-quarter portrait bust of Columbus, facing left, within central roundel with legend: "CHRISTOPHER. COLUMBUS", with three caravels around within stylized wave-like border, labeled "PINTA," "NINA," and "SANTA MARIA." Reverse bears inscription at center: "TO.COMMEMORATE.THE.FOVR/HVNDREDTH.ANNIVERSARY.OF/THE.DISCOVERY.OF.AMERICA.BY/CHRISTOPHER.COLVMBVS/by.authority.of.the/committee.of.one/hvndred.citizens/of.NEW YORK."; shield with Spanish royal coat of arms above, surmounted by crown with date: "OCTOBER.XII./M.C.C.C.C.XCII."; shield with American state seal below with date: "OCTOBER.XII./M.D.C.C.C.XCII."
Credit Line 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Object Number 
2008.42.21
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group