Ralph Waldo Emerson 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 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.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
1 3/4 inches (diameter)
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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
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882; 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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