Benjamin Franklin Bicentennial Medal

Designed and engraved by Louis St. Gaudens (1854–1913), With Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American (born in Ireland), 1848–1907)

Object Place: New York, New York


Legacy dimension: D: 100 mm.

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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.

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Gift of Emily Townsend and Cornelius C. Vermeule, III