This De Lue design was chosen as the 111th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series. Both obverse and reverse bear a muscular nude constrained by the rectangular medal's sides, hands and a foot pressed against the sides as if trying to break out of the frame imposed by the medal's shape. The reverse shows the same figure as seen from the other side.
De Lue was already 88 years old when he created this medal. The Society of Medalists had recently changed its by-laws to allow a sculptor to create more than one medal in the series, provided that there was a 10 year gap between the medals. Whether they made that change just for De Lue is not totally clear, but it is clear that he was pushing the boundaries of his own profession with this design. The medal was so massive (24mm thick) and had such deep relief that 14 blows at 100 tons per square inch, with annealing between each blow, were required to fabricate it. De Lue's original design had envisioned the total removal of the fields to make the medal an openwork sculpture but the Society had a heart for Medallic Art Company's practical concerns and drew the line at deep relief.
The medal measures 74mm x 74mm and was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, Connecticut. The reported mintage is 750 pieces.