United States Centennial Medal

dated 1876
Designed and engraved by William Barber (American, 1807–1879)


Object Place: United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Julian CM-10

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 38 mm, 24.9 gm (1 1/2 in., 0.88 oz.)

Accession Number

2005.1137

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Numismatics, Medals

Obv: THE UNITED COLONIES ARE, AND OF RIGHT OUGHT TO BE, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES. surrounds a rope circle enclosing a rising figure of Liberty who is laying down her sword and reaching upwards towards a circle of thirteen stars and rays of glory, in the exergue is the date 1776.
Rev: BY AUTHORITY OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES / 1876, around a wreath enclosing IN / COMMEMORATION / OF THE / HUNDRETH / ANNIVERSARY / OF / AMERICAN / INDEPENDENCE
Edge: plain

Provenance

Acquired sometime in the 1980s from Stack's in New York by Cornelius C. Vermeule, III (through Carl W. A. Carlson); to the MFA, 2005.

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III