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The obverse bears profile portrait medal of a Harvard president dressed in an academic robe. To left and right, MDCCC/LXVIIII - MDCCCL/XXXXIIII, signed at bottom, B. L. Pratt
The reverse bears two torches at left and right, a scroll reading VERI / TAS over the left, a wreath over the right, all surrounded by decorative wreath. Multi-line text accross, CAROLO / GVILIELMO · ELIOT / VNIVERSITATIS / HARVARDIANAE / VIGESIMVM · QVINTVM / IAM · ANNVM / PRAESIDI / OB EXIMIA · EIVS · MERIT-A / A · M · D · CCC · LXXXXIIII / ALVMNI
Charles William Eliot (1834-1926) was selected as Harvard's president in 1869. He transformed the provincial college into one of the most famous universities in the world. Eliot served until 1909, having the longest term as president in the university's history.
This beautiful medal celebrates Eliot's twenty-five years of service to the university.
The circular medallion measures 98mm in diameter and is cast in bronze. The mintage is not reported.
This medal's obverse depicts Truth guiding Apollo's chariot. At top, LVX ET / VERITAS; signed at bottom, B L PRATT
The reverse bears five lines of inscription flanked by burning torches, VNIVERSITAS YALENSIS / A D MDCCCCI / CONCELEBRAT / COLLEGIVM YALENSE / A D MDCCI CONDITVM
The edge is hallmarked TIFFANY & CO
Bela Lyon Pratt was himself a graduate of Yale and was commissioned in 1899 by Professors Weir and Niemeyer to design this medal for the upcoming 200th anniversary of Yale College. The medal was struck in silver and bronze. One of the silver medals was given to President Theodore Roosevelt and one of the bronze medals was taken into space by Astronaut Joseph B. Allen.
This is a beautiful medal with a very appropriate design for one of great universities of the world.
The circular medal measures 70mm in diameter and was produced by Tiffany & Company of New York. It was struck in bronze and silver in unknown mintages.
References: Marqusee 325
This was the 25th official medal issued by the American Numismatic Society.
The obverse bears nude female seated, holding a mirror but turning face away from it. To left, in four lines, 1909; to right, THE / NEW / THEATRE / OF / NEW / YORK / (ANS logo)
The reverse bears a full length female figure standing, holding a tablet from which is suspended a garland. A crtain at each side is drawn back by a nude child; two Roman lamps below. Incuse at bottom, 1909.
Edge is numbered.
This medal was issued by the American Numismatic Society (ANS) to commemorate the opening of the New Theatre in New York. The New Theatre, located at 62nd Street and Central Park West opened on November 6, 1909. It was noted for its fine architecture but due to poor acoustics and an inconvenient location it was financially unsuccessful. The theater was ultimately demolished in 1931.
Although the medal is dated 1909, it was not actually made available to members until 1916. Barbara Baxter comments that
"... the medal commemorating the opening of the New Theatre in York, with its highly decorative figural compositions and sinuous lines, perfectly captures the spirit of the Gilded Age."
The medal comes in two sizes, one measuring 77mm in diameter, the other 106mm. It was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York. The reported mintage is 50 pieces in bronze for the larger size, at least 1 in gold, 50 in silver and 50 in bronze for the smaller size.
References: Baxter 220, Marqusee 323