United States Centennial Medal
Designed and engraved by William Barber (American, 1807–1879)
Object Place: United States
Diameter and weight: 38 mm, 20.9 gm (1 1/2 in., 0.74 oz.)
Medium or Technique
Gilt metal or brass
Not On View
Obv: 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.
Rev: BY AUTHORITY OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES / 1876, around a wreath enclosing IN / COMMEMORATION / OF THE / HUNDRETH / ANNIVERSARY / OF / AMERICAN / INDEPENDENCE
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