Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Indiana Medal (obverse side) #40 of 918

image number:

P0040996

description:

For an image of the reverse side, see image P0040997.

The medal is housed in a special holder within the book, following the last quarto gathering / page 32. The title of the book: "The Indiana Medal: 1816-1916". According to the book a total of 918 proofs were struck with this being number 40. A description of the medal from the chapter "The Story of the Medal" reads, in part: "The Indiana Medal, which is done in delicate low relief, shows on the obverse side an allegorical representation of the baby state of 1816 being welcomed to the Union, while in the distance are seen the historic little state house at Corydon and the Constitution Elm...On the other side is the State Seal. The origin of the design for this seal is obscure. The first constitution provided for a state seal, and in the House Journal of 1816 the design is defined as: 'A forest and a woodman felling a tree, a buffalo leaving the forest and fleeing through the plain to a distant forest, and the sun setting in the west, with the word "Indiana" ' The design that was made has been generally understood as showing a rising sun with the buffalo fleeing to the west."

date taken:

1916

photographer studio:

Scudder, Janet (as artist)

accession number:

9423

corporate name:

Indiana Historical Commission

event name:

Indiana Centennial

topic:

Medals

topic:

Seals (Insignia)

topic:

Women

topic:

Children

topic:

Torches

topic:

Courthouses

topic:

Allegories

city:

Corydon

state:

Indiana

series:

Groups

subseries:

Indiana Centennial

folder:

Indiana Medal