The Niagara Medal

1894–1901
Designed by Frederick Williams MacMonnies (American, 1863–1937), Engraved by Paulin Tasset (French, possibly 1839–1919)


Mint: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Baxter 213; Smart 27

Dimensions

Diameter: .058

Accession Number

01.6769

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery (Gallery 221)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Medals

Adopted as the seal of the Niagara Falls Power Company and the Cataract Construction Company.
Obv: The central design is an Indian standing paddling in a birch canoe in rapids. He is nearly nude and wears a headress of feathers, and carries his bow of quivers behind him. The letters N I - A G A R A are in relief on left. The border is first a string of beads, then a succession of dolphin, between arrowheads, then a row of small shells. Not exactly circular.
Uniface medal, engraved on the reverse: · THE · NIAGARA · MEDAL · / / FREDERICK MAC MONNIES / SCULPTOR. / PAULIN TASSET / ENGRAVER.

Provenance

Probably to the MFA when issued. Gift of Edward Dean Adams (1846-1931), president of the Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing Company. (Accession Date: September 18, 1901)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward D. Adams