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    1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Grand Prize Medal, MS63

    1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Grand Prize Medal, MS63 Uncertified. Hendershott 30-90. Gilt bronze. 149.5 gms. 74.3 mm by 60.2 mm. "Rare." Designed by Adolph A. Weinman (who later designed the Walking Liberty half dollar and Mercury dime), as one of his earliest commissions for a struck medal. Struck by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
    The obverse depicts two female figures above the date MCMIV (1904). The taller figure represents Columbia, with her arms spread wide holding the United States flag. The youthful maiden at her side symbolizes the Louisiana Purchase Territory. Emblematic of her reception into the union, the maiden is divesting herself of the cloak of France, the material decorated with bees, the emblem of Napoleon. In the background is the rising sun, marking the dawn of a new era of progress to the nation. Encircling the two figures are the words "VNIVERSAL EXPOSITION/SAINT LOVIS/VNITED STATES OF AMERICA."
    The reverse shows an architectural tablet inscribed with "GRAND PRIZE" and "LOUISIANA PURCHASE EXPOSITION". Below the tablet are two dolphins symbolizing the nations' eastern and western boundaries, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Above the tablet is a large eagle with its wings spread. The medal is graded at approximately MS63, although it remains uncertified by any grading company.


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

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    September, 2008
    17th-18th Wednesday-Thursday
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