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Creator Role

sculptor producer issuer

Description

The medal's obverse design depicts the quarter-right profile of George Bancroft, an American statesman who promoted secondary education and founded the United States Naval Academy. The reverse design presents three scenes layered on top of one another. The first scene depicts pilgrims arriving in America. A ship, four men, and supplies are pictured. The second scene shows pilgrims interacting with Native Americans (on left) and possibly imagery of the American Revolutionary War (on right). The final scene depicts five statesmen surrounding a desk. One is seated while signing a document as the rest surround him.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

1964

Measurement

1 3/4 inches (diameter)

Materials and Techniques Display

bronze

Inscription

"obverse: THE HALL OF FAME OF GREAT AMERICANS at NEW YORK UNIVERSITY / 100 / 1891 / 1964© / GEORGE BANCROFT reverse: HISTORY INTERPOSES WITH EVIDENCE THAT / TYRANNY AND WRONG LEAD INEVITABLY TO DECAY; / THAT FREEDOM AND RIGHT, HOWEVER HARD MAY BE THE STRUGGLE, ALWAYS PROVE RESISTLESS." / A·S·HARDIN edge: MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE "

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

commemorative medal

Class

Article

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

ID

3154.5

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

George Bancroft Commemorative Medal (from Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University Medal Series)

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