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Townsend Harris Award Medal
Date: 1933
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Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: Overall: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Bronze struck medal with obverse showing clothed three-quarter bust of Harris facing right with legend: "TOWNSEND HARRIS MEDAL." Reverse bears inscription within central roundel: "FOR NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT"; legend around border: "THE ASSOCIATE ALUMNI OF THE COLLEGE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK." Square cream-colored cardboard case.
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 1952.31b
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Marks: Inscription: obverse, at lower left of field: "d'A/1933." Inscription: edge, lower center: "MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y./BRONZE" Inscription: case lid, inside center: "Medallic Art Company/New York"

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This award medal is named after the founder of the College of the City of New York, Townsend Harris. After being elected president of the New York City Board of Education in 1846, Harris saw that a "free" college was established in New York City in order to make higher education accessible to the masses. The Townsend Harris Award Medal is given annually to alumni exhibiting outstanding leadership in their communities.