DescriptionHistorically Important 1800-1900 Capital Commemorative. Bronze or copper, 44.3 mm, 56.8 gm. Dies designed by William VanWickle and engraved by Charles Barber. Struck by R. Harris and Company of Washington, D.C. using metal salvaged from the old White House and Capitol buildings. Obverse: Conjoined busts of Adams and McKinley facing right, JOHN ADAMS 1800 - WILLIAM McKINLEY 1900 around. Reverse: UNITED STATES CAPITOL 1900 with image of new building at top, UNITED STATES CAPITOL 1800 with perspective view of original structure at bottom, and a center plaque that reads COMMEMORATIVE OF ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CAPITAL IN THE DISTRICT of COLUMBIA. Beautifully preserved with milk-chocolate surfaces throughout and little signs of handling. This unsigned medal has the original claw clasp with swivel loop for suspension.
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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