William Barber (American, born England, 1807–1879). <em>Pacific Railroad Commemorative Medal</em>, 1869. Bronze, Medal, diameter: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of M. Christmann Zulli, 86.248.8a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.248.8a-b_side1_cropped_bw.jpg)

Pacific Railroad Commemorative Medal

Artist:William Barber

Medium: Bronze

Geograhical Locations:


Dimensions: Medal, diameter: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm) Frame: 2 7/8 x 3 3/8 x 5/16 in. (7.3 x 8.6 x 0.8 cm)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Accession Number: 86.248.8a-b

Image: 86.248.8a-b_side1_cropped_bw.jpg,ruler in original

Catalogue Description:
Circular medal (a) in presentation frame (b). (a) Obverse: Profile bust of bearded man (Ulysses S. Grant) facing right, surrounded by text: "PRESIDENCY OF U.S. GRANT" and text at bottom: "THE OCEANS UNITED / BY RAILWAY / MAY 10,1869." Reverse: Railway train in landscape; in scroll in sky: "EVERY MOUNTAIN SHALL BE MADE LOW."; below landscape: "MEDAL SERIES OF THE / U.S. MINT. / J. Pollock Director." (b) Cloth-covered wooden frame with depressed area to insert medallion. Purple, blue and brown velvet. CONDITION: (a) Normal wear, good. (b) Velvet much worn.

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