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Creator Role

sculptor producer issuer

Description

The medal's obverse design depicts the right-side profile of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a nineteenth-century transcendentalist poet. On the reverse, a scene from Emerson's poem "Concord Hymn" is depicted. In the poem, the poet references "the shot heard round the world," which in an allusion to the first shot fired during the American Revolution. At the center of the scene, a Revolutionary soldier stands in a spread-eagle stance. Three soldiers kneel at his proper right with their backs turned and rifles drawn. A drummer and several other soldiers stand just behind the central figure.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

1968

Measurement

1 3/4 inches (diameter)

Materials and Techniques Display

bronze

Inscription

obverse: RALPH WALDO EMERSON / 1803 / 1882 reverse: THE SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD / CONCORD HYMN / THE HALL OF FAME FOR GREAT / AMERICANS / AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY / ©1968 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

3154.71

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Commemorative Medal (from Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University Medal Series)

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