Benjamin Franklin Bicentennial Medal
Object Place: New York, New York
Legacy dimension: D: 100 mm.
Medium or Technique
Jan and Warren Adelson Gallery (Gallery 221)
Cast bronze medal with a leather pouch.
Obverse: Left profile, relief portrait-bust of Benjamin Franklin commemorating 200th anniversary of Franklin’s birth, with raised dates of Franklin’s life: 1706-1790 and inscription: .PRINTER . PHILOSOPHER . SCIENTIST . STATESMAN . DIPLOMATIST. Reverse: Seated figure of History inscribing on an oval, alongside her symbolic torch; standing at her feet are the figures of Literature, Science and Philosophy, each holding their respective symbols. Inscribed at top: . STRUCK . BY . ACT OF . THE . CONGRESS . OF . THE . UNITED . STATES . At bottom: . TO . COMMEMORATE . THE . TWOHVNDRETH . ANNIVERSARY . OF . THE . BIRTH . OF . BENJAMIN . FRANKLIN . M.C.M.V.I.
At Christie's, New York, Sale 6652, September 20, 1988, lot no. 369 and purchased by Cornelius C. Vermeule III. To the MFA, December 1989, gift of Emily Townshend and Cornelius Vermeule III.
Gift of Emily Townsend and Cornelius C. Vermeule, III