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Greater New York Charter Day Medal
Date: 1898
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Medium: Silver; leather, wood, silk
Dimensions: Overall (medal diam.): 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) Container: 3 3/4 × 3 3/4 × 7/8 in. (9.5 × 9.5 × 2.2 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Silver struck medal with obverse showing five seated female allegorical figures with floral garlands with classical pediment at center surmounted by eagle and inscribed: "NEW YORK / JANUARY 1 / MDCCCXCVIII"; distant landscapes at either side in background; inscription in exergue: "QUEENS RICHMOND / BROOKLYN THE BRONX / MANHATTAN"; seal of the American Numismatic Society at lower center; legend around border: "COMMEMORATING THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE MUNICIPALITIES ABOUT THE PORT OF NEW YORK." Reverse contains four scenes separated by windmill arms depicting colonial and revolutionary events, each accompanied by their date as legend : "MAY 4 1626 / SEPT. 2 1609 / SEPT. 8 1664 / JULY 9 1776." Black and dark blue square leather fitted case with blue silk satin and green silk velvet lining.
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Morton Lexow
Object Number: 1947.298
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Marks: Inscription around edge: "Hon. Clarence Lexow A token of appreciation from the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society 1906 14"; case lid, top, impressed in gold: "HON. CLARENCE LEXOW / From / The American Scenic & Historic / Preservation Society / 1906"; case lid, inside, center, inscribed in gold: "Tiffany & Co. / NEW YORK / PARIS-LONDON"

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This medal was issued by the American Numismatic Society and adopted as the official medal of the Charter Day Celebration, planned to have been held May 4, 1898, but cancelled because of the war with Spain.