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Saint Nicholas Society Medal
Date: 1903
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Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: Overall (diameter): 1 15/16 in. (5 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Bronze struck medal with obverse depicting seal of New York within ornate shield surmounted by eagle, flanked by figures of Native American and European settler; legend: "ST . NICHOLAS . SOCIETY . FOUNDED . FEB . 28 . 1835"; inscription in exergue: "NEW YORK CITY/1903." Reverse depicts figure of Peter Stuyvesant against background of early Dutch-style brick buildings; legend: "NEW.AMSTERDAM.MUNICIPAL.GOVERNMENT.PROCLAIMED.FEB.2. 1655."; inscription in exergue: ".PETER STUYVESANT./.DIRECTOR GENERAL."
Object Number: INV.5032
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Marks: Inscription: edge, lower center: "TIFFANY & CO."

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This medal, struck for the St. Nicholas Society in 1903, commemorates the establishment of municipal government in New Amsterdam, by proclamation of Governor Stuyvesant and the council, on February 2, 1653. Before that time, the city government had been coordiante with that of the province of New Netherland. From 1635 until the end of the Dutch rule, the city was governed by a schout, two burgomasters, and five schepens.