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Collection G. N. Swan papers
Catalog Number MSS P:6 O 42
Object Name Coin, Commemorative
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact
Date 1909
Description A 1 ΒΌ" silver 1909 Hudson-Fulton Silver Medal. This medal was created for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in New York and New Jersey in 1909. One side of the medal shows a wreathed portrait (From the painting by Benjamin West) bust of inventor Robert Fulton (his name below and dates 1765-1815) flanked by two fluted based columns. Left view is of New York Harbor seen from the Hudson and the right view is of the city skyline from the jersey shore. Below the columns are three draped female figures seated on a parapet. The middle figure represents "The Genius of Steam Navigation" who holds in her lap a model of Fulton's Steamship "Clermont". Right is the figure of "History" with scroll and pen in hand. Left is "Commerce" resting her hand on an anchor. Underneath the figures is the inscription: "FIRST USE OF STEAM IN NAVIGATION ON THE HUDSON RIVER 1807". The other side of the medal shows Henry Hudson on the deck of his ship, the half-moon, surrounded by his crew, one pointing in the rigging, the bank of the Hudson Apparition-like in the background. The legend surrounding states "DISCOVERY OF THE HUDSON RIVER BY HENRY HUDSON A.D. MDCIX (1609), THE AMERICAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY, HUDSON-FULTON CELEBRATION COMM(ISSION)". The legend is divided by a jack-staff, astrolabe and sextant and the Dutch East India Company Ship "HALVE MAENE" is at the bottom.
Search Terms Swan, G.N. (Gustaf Nelson), 1856-1938
Hudson, Henry, -1611.
Fulton, Robert, 1765-1815.