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Creator Role

sculptor producer issuer

Description

The medal's obverse design depicts the left-side profile of Peter Cooper, an American industrialist, inventor, and philanthropist. He is best-known for creating the first steam locomotive, the Tom Thumb, and establishing the The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. On the reverse, an outdoor scene is pictured. Four figures walk through a desert terrain at night. Natural rock formations, trees, and the night sky are pictured in the background. The silhouette of Pegasus is pictured on the moon.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

1963

Measurement

1 3/4 inches (diameter)

Materials and Techniques Display

bronze

Inscription

obverse: 1791 / 1883 / Peter Cooper [facsimile signature] reverse: © THE HALL OF FAME FOR GREAT AMERICANS AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 1964 / FOUNDER OF COOPER INSTITUTE 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

coins & medals

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

3154.91

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.

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

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