Centennial Exposition Official Medal

HK-20 · 1876

Year 1876
Diameter 38 mm
Minted By
Reference HK-20

This medal depicts a female representing the United States. She is in a reclining position rising up reaching for the stars, representing greatness. Normally in heraldry, an olive branch is held in the right hand and a sword in the left hand representing that you prefer peace but you will defend yourself if necessary. In this case Liberty is grasping a sword in her right hand indicating that the U.S. will become a world power to be reckoned with. The medal was designed and engraved by William Barber, struck at the U.S. Philadelphia Mint and sold at the 1876 Centennial Exposition.


1876 U.S. Centennial Exposition