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Grand Canal Celebration Medal

Object Name: Medal
Date: 1826
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Medium: Silver; wood, paper
Dimensions: Container: 2 5/16 in. (5.8 cm) Overall (medal): 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Silver struck medal with obverse depicting Pan and Neptune, with legend: "UNION OF ERIE WITH THE ATLANTIC." Reverse depicts eagle perched upon world globe over shield with scroll inscribed "EXCELSIOR" below; legend: "ERIE CANAL COMM. 4 JULY 1817 COMP. 26 OCT. 1825"; inscription in exergue: "1826 / PRESENTED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK." Round turned wooden case.
Credit Line: Gift of John T. Lequier
Object Number: 1959.26
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Marks: On obverse, in exergue, at left: "R.DEL."; on obverse, in exergue, at right: "W. SC"; on reverse, in exergue, at center: "C.C.WRIGHT SC."; on case, inside lid, imprinted in black ink: "PRESENTED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK"; on case, inside bottom, imprinted in black ink: "THIS BOX / was made of a piece / of wood, brought from / Erie in the first Canal / Boat / THE SENECA CHIEF."


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