United States Centennial Medal
Designed and engraved by William Barber (American, 1807–1879)
Object Place: United States
Diameter and weight: 58 mm, 104.1 gm (2 5/16 in., 3.67 oz.)
Medium or Technique
Gilt metal or brass
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.
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.
Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III