New York Crystal Palace Official Medal

1853 · SH 1-1 WM · HK-6

Year 1853
Metal White Metal
Diameter 45 mm
Minted By C. Stubenrauch
Rarity R-6
Reference SH 1-1 WM

Struck for the first “International” Exposition held in the United States and hosted in New York City. A Crystal Palace, similar to London’s 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition, was built to exhibit and house the industry of all nations for comparison, competition, instruction and encouragement. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis attended the opening ceremonies. P.T. Barnum was elected president to help make it a success. The Palace was destroyed by fire in 1858 and never rebuilt.


1853 New York Crystal Palace