Diplomatic Medal, United States, 1876 (US Mint copy dies)

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This medal is a re-cast of the “To Peace and Commerce” Diplomatic Medal of 1792, originally commissioned by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson as a presentation gift to foreign diplomats. The medal was later recast in 1876 for the American Centennial using the original lead proof by French sculptor and engraver, Augustin Dupre. The dies for the 1876 edition were engraved by Chief Engraver of the US Mint, Charles E Barber. The obverse of the medal features the Great Seal of the United States, and the reverse features an allegory of America rendered as a seated Native American woman taking a cornucopia from the outstretched hand of Mercury, who symbolizes trade. Date: 1790s. Record ID: nmah_1097463.

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