Harkness, Andrew. "The American Institute - Catalyst for the American Greatness." TAMS (Token and Medal Society) Journal 29, no. 4 (August 1989): 123-135.
Bronze; leather, wood, silk
case: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 11/16 in. ( 7 x 7 x 1.7 cm )
diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing figure of Liberty holding laurel wreath and pole surmounted by Phrygian cap; at left are tools of agriculture and sailing ship in the background; at right -- symbols of American state and cornucopia; legend above: "THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE."; inscription in exergue: "NEW YORK." Reverse has space for engraving at center, enclosed within open laurel wreath, with legend: "THE MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE" and inscription below: "AWARDED TO/S.S.Packard/For Practical and/Ornamental Penmanship/1877." Square black leather fitted case with purple silk velvet lining.
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