History, Information, and Value of 1853 Exposition of the Industry of All Nations Award Medal
This medal was struck for the Association for the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations. The obverse displays a woman wearing a crown. She hands a laurel wreath to a woman kneeling before her. Behind the kneeling woman is an angel. The artist’s signature reads, ” J.A.OERTEL DEL: C.C.C WRIGHT SC.” The reverse displays a wreath surrounding the legend which reads, “EXHIBITION OF THE INDUSTRY OF ALL NATIONS, NEW YORK 1853.” There is no image on the reverse besides the wreath. The president of the Association for the Exhibition of Industry of All Nations was the famous P.T. Barnum. According to records there were 125 silver and 1,150 bronze medals struck.