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Washington Monument Medal

Designed by Isaac F. Wood (American, died 1895), Engraved by George Hampden Lovett (American, active 1848–1893)

Object Place: United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Baker 322B


Diameter and weight: 40 mm, 26.84 gm (1 9/16 in., 0.95 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





Obv: Inscribed FIRST IN WAR AND IN PEACE / LAST IN SECURING around a circle enclosing a nude bust of Washington facing to the right with 1775 - 100 YEARS - 1875 inscribed above and signed I.F.W. DES to the left and G.H.L. FEC to the right, the whole surrounded by a plain rim.
Rev: A MONUMENT / CORNER STONE LAID 1848 - COMPLETED -:- 1876 around a circle enclosing (PRESIDENCY OF U.S. GRANT) above an image of the Washington Monument under construction with WASHINGTON and D.C. inscribed to the left and right. WOOD’S SERIES C NO.3 is inscribed below. The whole is surrounded by a plain rim.
Edge: Plain.

Credit Line

Gift of the Boston Numismatic Society