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Cornelius Vanderbilt Presentation Medal
Date: 1865-1874
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Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: Overall (Medal): 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Bronze struck medal with obverse showing nude bust of Cornelius Vanderbilt facing right; legend around border contining six stars: "A GRATEFUL COUNTRY TO HIS GENEROUS SON/CORNELIUS VANDERBILT." Reverse depicts allegorical scene with standing figure of America facing kneeling Neptune in the guise of a woman; steamship in background; inscription in exergue: "BIS DAT QUI TEMPORI DAT./1865 [at center]."
Object Number: 1225
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Marks: Inscription: obverse, on bust truncation, at center: "S.ELLIS SC." Inscription: reverse, below exergual line, at left: "ELLIS SC." Inscription: reverse, below exergual line, at right: "LEUTZE DEL."