United States Centennial Medal

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

Object Place: United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Julian CM-11


Diameter and weight: 58 mm, 105.7 gm (2 5/16 in., 3.73 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





Obv: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERARY OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. / ACT OF CONGRESS JUNE 1874 surrounds a rope circle enclosing a standing figure of Liberty who is placing wreaths upon the heads of the bowed figures of Industry and Art; on the platform below them is 1876.
Rev: 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.
Edge: plain


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