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U.S. Mint [Medal of Abraham Lincoln to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08764 Author/Creator: U.S. Mint Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Object Date: 1871 Pagination: 1 medal ; 4.5 x 0.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Medal series of the U. S. Mint. Bronzed copper. High relief image of Lincoln based on Barber portrait. With words "Abraham Lincoln President of the United States." On verso, "Emancipation Proclaimed Jan. 1, 1863."

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: AbolitionMedalUS MintPresidentEmancipation ProclamationEmancipationSlaveryAfrican American History

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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