Washington Irving

after 1859
Engraved by A. I. Henning (American, active 1855–1860 American)

Object Place: United States


Diameter and weight: 70 mm, 159.8 gm (2 3/4 in., 5.64 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Base metal or pewter

Not On View




Numismatics, Medals

Obv: Nude bust of Washington Irving facing left, signed A. I. HENNING N.Y. below the truncation of the shoulder; the whole is on a plain field and surrounded by a raised rim with a plain cove.
Rev: WASHINGTON IRVING (curved) / BORN / APRIL 3. 1783. / (ornament) DIED (ornament) / NOVEMBER 28. / 1859. enclosed by a laurel and oak wreath, the whole surrounded by a raised rim with a plain cove.
Edge: plain


Acquired in Newburgh, New York, by an ancestor of the donor, Cornelius C. Vermeule, III; to the MFA, 2005.

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III