Harkness, Andrew. "The American Institute - Catalyst for the American Greatness." TAMS (Token and Medal Society) Journal 29, no. 4 (August 1989): 123-135.
diameter: 2 3/8 in. ( 6 cm )
Silver 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: "AMERICAN INSTITUTE."; inscription in exergue: "NEW YORK." Reverse has space for engraving at center, enclosed within oak wreath, with legend: "AWARDED TO" and engraved inscription below: "S. Cahill/For the best/Riding Boots/1856." In black celluloid case with scrollwork relief on front and back, lined in crimson velvet.
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