1826 New York Erie Canal Medal RARE. We have a nice looking medal here struck in white metal. This is the British version by Thomason, measuring about 81mm that's over 3 inches!, which is harder to find than its much smaller American counterpart. Front: "UNION OF ERIE WITH THE ATLANTIC" with seated figures of 2 gods (Pan and Neptune). Back: ERIE CANAL COMMENCED 4 JULY 1817 COMPLETED 26 OCT r. 1825 with THOMASON in tiny letters.
Central design shows an eagle on globe above New York state shield with scenes of Erie Canal. Our medal still retains some of its original proof-like fields and frosted devices when tilted to catch light at certain angles. Being soft metal, there are some minor marks on the rims and edges (see photos).
A perfect specimen will cost thousands. From Sir Edward Thomason's Memoirs during Half a Century: Volume 1...1845, we have the following: His Royal Highness the Duke of Saxe Weimar, in 1825 and 1826, travelled through the United States, and I understood he was present at the completion of the Grand Canal, uniting the Erie with the Atlantic.The American Government employed their best artist in medal engraving to engrave a pair of medal dies (of small size, about one inch and a quarter in diameter) to commemorate this important undertaking, which was accomplished towards the end of the year 1825. The Duke, on his return, landed at Liverpool, and called upon me as he passed through Birmingham, and was so obliging as to present me with one of the American medals.
His Royal Highness was well aware of the inferiority of the workmanship, both as to the execution of the dies and the making of the medal; but it was the best their artist could do. As so important an event was worth recording upon a medal, I had a pair of dies engraved, about four times the size, by one of my first artists, the allegory of the medal being exactly a facsimile of theirs. On the Obverse was a River God encouraging Neptune for a time, whilst he conducted him to the River Eriethe Legend, Union of Erie with the Atlantic. On the Reverse was the Eagle standing upon, and in the attitude of protecting one-half of the Globe. The LegendErie Canal, commenced 4th July, 1817, completed 26th October, 1825.The Americans were delighted with this production, and seemed to acknowledge, without jealousy, the vast distinction between English and American artists. As the Marquis Wellington married the widow of Robert Patterson, Esq. I sent a present of one to her 1827. Excellency, hence the reply of Lieut.
Thomason's letter addressed to the Marchioness Wellesley, together with a beautiful medal, struck at his manufactory, in honour of the successful completion of the great work by which the navigation of Lake Erie is united with the Atlantic Ocean. Her Excellency is extremely obliged to Mr. Thomason for his attention in sending her the medal destined to commemorate that interesting event. Dublin Castle, 15th June, 1827. We have absolutely nothing to do with it.
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