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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This coin had a few nicks and does not have a date listed on it.
    It is part of a vast collection of items from my late mothers inventory.
    Just sold today (7/17/16) & shipped off to its new home!

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      The narrative:

      ST. LOUIS LOUISIANA PURCHASE EXPOSITION BRONZE AWARD MEDAL, 1904. Baxter 111. Bronze. 63.5mm (2-1/2”). Adolph Alexander Weinman, Sc. (1870-1952). Struck by the U.S. Mint. About Uncirculated. Obverse: In the composition of the obverse of the medal are shown two figures, one of which, Columbia, tall and stately, is about to envelop the youthful maiden by her side, typifying the Louisiana Territory, in the flag of the stars and stripes, thus receiving her into the sisterhood of states. The other figure is depicted in the act of divesting herself of the cloak of France, symbolized in the emblem of Napoleon, the busy bee embroidered thereon. In the background is shown the rising sun, the dawn of a new era of progress to the nation. Encircling the two figures are the words: VNIVERSAL·EXPOSITION·SAINT·LOVIS·VNITED·STATES·OF·AMERICA·. In exergue below, the date: ·M·C·M·IV· (1904). Signed below at 5 o'clock: A.A. WEINMAN/ FECIT. Reverse: The reverse of the medal shows an architectural tablet bearing the inscription: ·BRONZE·MEDAL·/ ·LOUISIANA·PURCHASE·/ ·EXPOSITION·. Below the tablet are two dolphins symbolizing our eastern and western boundaries, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The whole surmounted by an American eagle, spreading his wings from ocean to ocean.

      The design was approved by a committee composed of J.Q.A. Ward, Daniel Chester French and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The dies were engraved and the medals struck by the United States Government Mint at Philadelphia. The alloy for the medals was made especially for the Exposition after samples were submitted and passed upon by expert medalists. All of the medals were issued in the new bronze alloy, which was at first called "government bronze”. There were five levels of award medals, each with a distinct shape and production quantity, but all medals share the same obverse and reverse designs. Only 10,000 Bronze Medals were struck.
    3. StacyEW StacyEW, 6 years ago
      Very good information - Thank YOU again Efesgirl - - YOU ROCK!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Efesgirl is a superstar!

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