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1892-1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Medal Bronze BU

One of Augustus Saint-Gaudens original medallic designs

$595.00
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Product Code
C11669
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Series Commemoratives
Composition Bronze
Year Range 1892-1893
Grade Ungraded
Ungraded Score Brilliant Uncirculated

1892-1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Medal Bronze BU

Description

Famed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens is known today for his Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle and Indian Head Eagle designs, but he began working with the US Mint producing commemorative medals. The World's Columbian Exposition was held in 1893 to commemorate 400 years since Columbus' expedition to the Americas. Augustus Saint-Gaudens's original reverse for this medal was rejected by the Mint Director and Treasury Secretary. The US Mint then used Saint-Gaudens' obverse with a reverse designed by Mint Engraver Charles Barber. This 1892-1893 World's Columbian Exposition Medal was struck in bronze and is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The design of Barber's reverse features space for a drop-in die with the name of the recipient, in this specific case ''THOS. PETTIGRUE'' is the recipient. It is believed that about 20,000 of these medals were struck and given out only to exhibitors at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.