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05 Jul 2017

1876 UNITED STATES CENTENNIAL BRONZE MEDAL

Medals | Kepi

I couldn't believe it when I opened my package from the auction house in which I won this beautiful Medal! My first thought was it's so big!!! Especially in the holder! This is my first Medal purchase and I love it! Officially it's a 1876 Dated J-CM-11 ,AE 58mm United States Centennial MS 62 BN... Now that's quite a title : ) The obverse is Liberty placing a wreath on the heads of Industry and Art with the date 1876 below. It reads " In Commemoration of the Hundredth Anniversary of American Independence. Act of Congress June 1874. " The reverse is Rising Liberty with an unsheathed sword beneath 13 stars in a glory. Date 1776. The legend around reads " These United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, Free and Independent States. " The engraver is William Barber and there was about 7,000 pieces struck in Bronze. I feel so fortunate and proud to have this Medal in my collection, as the history behind it speaks for itself. ******* My research came from a reference book that I checked out from the ANA Library. "Medals of the United States Mint." The First Century 1792-1892 By R.W. Julian

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