1909 Copper Medal Abraham Lincoln Birth Centennial NYC By Pratt Ribbon & Case
Description: A beautiful mint state uncirculated copper medalet or small medal depicting the head of Abraham Lincoln the 16th president of the United States. The medal, which was issued in 1909 represents the official New York City issued to commemorate the centennial of Lincolnâ€™s birthday. The medal has its original loop with its original red-white-blue ribbon attached. The medal is housed in the original cardboard and plastic display sleeve, which is in excellent condition apart from the broken right border. The medal displays a great looking portrait of Lincoln in nice relief on the obverse surrounded by the legend "CENTENNIAL-OF-ABRAHAM LINCOLN MCMIX" along the edge. There is "B L PRATT" below Lincoln's head indicating that the design was done by Bela Lyon Pratt who was US Mint engraver. The reverse has the legend "GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH", from the Gettysburg address, with an eagle having spread wings above and fasces, or wooden branches tied together as symbolism for strength, below. The medal has a plain edge and has a beautiful chocolate brown patina with great eye appeal. This is a rather small medal, which was obviously sold as a souvenir during the celebrations. We did not open the display case to measure or weigh the medal and we leave that to the discretion of the new owner. A great medal with nice eye appeal and rather rare in such condition with the original ribbon and display case. A nice find to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: The medal is dated 1909.
Origin: United States of America.
Reference: Cunningham 11-470C, King-389.
Artist: Bela Lyon Pratt.
Weight and Size: The medal is ~26 millimeters in diameter.
Marks: Marked "BL PRATT" under Lincoln's head on the obverse. The display case has printed description of attached to the case. The case is also marked PAT. NO. 2,521,792 on the back and is marked "1809-1909; Lincoln Medal" in gold lettering on the front.
Condition: The medal is in uncirculated mint state condition with all of its details being very well preserve and exhibiting no wear. We believe the medal was most likely never or maybe once or twice removed from the display case and as such it was never circulated. The case or original cardboard and plastic display sleeve is in excellent condition apart from the broken right border, which we attempt to show in the photos. Be that as it may, the medal is very well preserved and has great eye appeal. Please view photos for additional condition information.
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