1876 U.S. Centennial Exposition US Mint Commemorative Medal Bronze Julian CM 11 - William Barber

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1876 U.S. Centennial Exposition US Mint Commemorative Medal Bronze Julian CM 11 - William Barber

290.00

Commemorative Medal issued for the 1876 U.S. Centennial Exposition and Worlds Fair, held in Philadelphia.

Authorized by Congress in 1874 and struck in Bronze by the U.S. Mint, it is 57 mm (2 1/4) in diameter. The engraver is William Barber.

It comes in the original presentation case. The reference is Julian CM-11.

The obverse is Liberty standing, placing wreaths on the heads of Industry and the Arts.  Around this scene is the legend "In Commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary of American Independence.  Act of Congress 1874".

The reverse is Liberty rising up with an unsheathed sword, beneath a radiant cluster of 13 stars.  Around is the legend "These United Colonies are Free, and of Right Ought To Be, Free and Independent States".

The medal has some tiny spots and some uneven toning, but nothing particularly distracting. There is no evidence of any wear.

The presentation case has some minor scuffs at the corners and edges, but is in otherwise very nice condition, the "eye" part of the hook and eye clasp has gone missing.  The hinge is intact and fully function.  The velvet interior has separated a bit at the hinge, but the hinge itself is sturdy.

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