Artes Ad Astra: President's Medal of the National Academy of Design
diameter: 2 1/4 in. ( 5.7 cm )
Struck gold medal, obverse showing head of Minerva, Roman goddess of the arts, with helmet, facing right; reverse shows male arm emerging from clouds and holding bow and arrow pointed to the moon above, stars in the background, with inscription: "ARTED/AD ASTRA."
inscription: obverse, lower right, artist's initials: "R[in reverse]A."
inscription: around edge: "FROM.THE.NATIONAL.ACADEMY.OF.DESIGN.TO.ELIHU.ROOT.FOR.SERVICE.TO.THE.FINE.ARTS."
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