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Artes Ad Astra: President's Medal of the National Academy of Design
Date: 1929
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Medium: Gold
Dimensions: Overall (Medal): 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: 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."
Credit Line: Gift of Elihu Root, Jr.
Object Number: 1943.138
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Marks: 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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Known as the President's Medal, this medal was presented by the National Academy of Design to Elihu Root on November 26, 1929. Elihu Root (1845-1937) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. He served as Secretary of War under McKinley and Roosevelt (1899-1903) and as Secretary of State under Roosevelt (1905-1909). From 1909 to 1915 he was a Republican Senator from New York.