Michigan State College Centennial1955
MSC-100
Bronze with tan patina

The medal's obverse bears image of Beaumont Tower and old campus. Flanking tower, 1855 / 1955; around, MICHIGAN - STATE - COLLEGE - CENTENNIAL / OF AGRICULTURE AND APPLIED SCIENCE; at lower left, signed RJM.

The medal's reverse bears two grain stalks over Lincoln quote: "It is for us living... to be dedicated here to the unfinished works...."; signature of Abraham Lincoln.

The Beaumont Tower is a structure on the campus of Michigan State University, designed by the architectural firm of Donaldson and Meier and completed in 1928. The 104-foot-tall (32 m) tower marks the site of College Hall, the first building constructed on the campus, as well as, the first building in America erected for instruction in scientific agriculture. Due to poor construction College Hall collapsed in 1918. An 1882 alumni of MSU, John W. Beaumont proposed the construction of the monument to conserve the Campus Circle and serve as a monument to teaching.

The tower, designed in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style, features The Sower, an Art Deco bas-relief by sculptor Lee Lawrie, with the inscription "Whatsoever a Man Soweth" (from Galatians 6:7). This serves as a tribute both to MSU's origins as an agricultural college and to the seminal nature of knowledge.

This medal measures 51mm (2in) in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York.

I have only ever seen this medal once on eBay and bought it for less than $40.