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Catalog Number 01.C.84
Object Name Plate, Printing
Title Printing Plate with Benjamin Franklin Medal
Artist Unknown
Date ca. 1906
Description Image of medal (obverse and reverse) above inscription: "Medal struck by the Congress of U.S. commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin." Obverse: bas-relief profile portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin in center, "1706-1790" at right. "BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" and laurel branches around top perimeter. "PRINTER / PHILOSOPHER / SCIENTIST / STATESMAN / DIPLOMATIST" at bottom. Reverse: Seated female allegorical figure of History on temple porch, writing on shield. Three male allegorical figures at right: Literature (with books), Science (with lightning bolt and staff with caduceus symbol), and Philosophy (bearded, holding horn). "STRUCK BY ACT OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES" at top. "TO COMMEMORATE THE TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MCMVI" at bottom. "TIFFANY & CO." on outer rim.
Label This image was likely used in a publication commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. The medal was designed by Louis St. Gaudens (1854-1913). The first casting, made of solid gold, was presented by Secretary of State Elihu Root to the Republic of France in 1904. Of the 150 subsequent copies struck in bronze, fifty were given to the American Philosophical Society. The APS was also given permission to strike additional medals.
Medium Engraving
Dimensions H-7 W-10 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms 20th century
twentieth century
Founding Father
printing