George Bancroft Commemorative Medal (from Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University Medal Series)
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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.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
1 3/4 inches (diameter)
Materials and Techniques Display
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"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 "
Bancroft, George, 1800-1891; New York University. Hall of Fame for Great Americans
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
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