World's Columbian Exposition Commemorative Medal

Description (Brief):

This commemorative medal was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1893. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer and is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, and commemorative medals.

Description (Brief)

Obverse: Image of John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence signing on the upper half, an eagle perched on a shield flanked by busts of Columbus and George Washington on the lower half. The legend reads: SIGNING OF DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE/ JULY 4th 1776/ WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION/ 1892 1893/ COLUMBUS/ WASHINGTON/ CHICAGO

Description (Brief)

Reverse: Image of Columbus discovering America and planting a cross on the upper half of the coin, and an image of the Pilgrims landing on the bottom half. The legend reads: DISCOVERY OF AMERICA/ OCTOBER 1493/ DEC 1620/ LANDING OF THE PILGRIMS.

Date Made: ca 1893

Maker: Scovill Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Waterbury

Related Event: World's Columbian Exposition


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Credit Line: Scovill, Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0296.1607Accession Number: 1981.0296Catalog Number: 1981.0296.1607

Object Name: medal

Physical Description: bronze (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5.9 cm; 2 5/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1382639

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