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    1892 Cristoforo Colombo Bronze Medal, MS65
    Rare Large Diameter Italian Bronze
    Eglit-106, the Milan Medal

    1892 World's Columbian Exposition, Cristoforo Colombo Bronze Medal, Eglit-106, MS65 NGC. Bronze, Plain Edge. 102 mm, 463 grams. These spectacular medals were designed by Modello Carpuccio, engraved by Lodovico Pogliaghi, and struck in Milan by Stefano Johnson, although Eglit wrote that the design was by Pogliaghi and the engraving by Carpuccio. This is the important large format, bronze medal dated MDCCCXCII (1892) that was issued for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago (the small diameter is Eglit-107).


    A contemporary article in the New York Times of Sunday, October 16, 1892 discussed this emission:

    "On one side a nearly nude Indian Princess reaches to clasp hands over a bas relief of Columbus, with a draped goddess symbolical of the Western arts and sciences. The earth's globe is above their joined hands, the American eagle is below the bas relief. About the head of the discoverer runs the inscription 'Cristoforo Colombo.' The Indian Princess has palm and tobacco leaves behind her head, and at her feet an idol and a rattlesnake; the later she is treading to death. The draped figure has laurel and wheat behind her head, and near her feet the symbols of architecture, sculpture, and painting.

    "The reverse is a lively design with many figures. On the margin are shields of various American nations, and in the background an ideal country in which the Brooklyn Bridge can be distinguished near by, and, against the rising sun, the dome of the Capitol at Washington. In the foreground is an Indian cacique, half rising on his spear; behind him two Indians, a squaw and a papoose. The group is looking up at the female winged-Genius of Progress, draped and with a star above her head, who sweeps along supported and followed by four Cupids. One carries a torch, another a cornucopia, a third the winged and snaky staff of Mercury, the fourth helps to prop one of her arms. It is a vision vouchsafed to the cacique, who stares at it open-mouthed."


    This medal is discussed on pages 41- 42 of the October 1892 issue (Volume 27) of the American Journal of Numismatics in an article titled "New Columbus Medals:"

    "Two alone seem to demand special notice; one of these is that known as the Milan Medal, the dies of which were cut be Pogliaghi, and the design by another Italian artist, Carpuccio."



    Exceptionally well preserved, this bronze medal has glossy brown surfaces with minimal marks on either side. A small pedigree identifier is evident inside the obverse border at 5 o'clock. Splashes of lighter yellow patina visit each side. Eglit-106 is occasionally encountered in white metal, but rarely in bronze. The large format, bronze Cristoforo Colombo medal by Stefano Johnson is a rarity. This is only the second example that we have handled in bronze.
    From The Alan V. Weinberg Collection, Part II.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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