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1906

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Medal (USA), 1906

This is a Medal. It was designed by Victor David Brenner. It is dated 1906 and we acquired it in 1906. Its medium is engraved bronze. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, this medal served as the model for the U.S. Lincoln penny introduced in 1909. The obverse or “heads” side has remained the same, giving it the longest run of a coin in U.S. history. While pennies are not usually associated with wealth, a famous quote from the 19th century justifies their worth, stating “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

This object was donated by Victor David Brenner. It is credited Gift of Victor David Brenner.

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 0.3 x 6.2 cm (1/8 x 2 7/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Engraved(?) or cast(?) :" V.D. Brenner" lower left edge on obverse; lower right edge on reverse.

Cite this object as

Medal (USA), 1906; Designed by Victor David Brenner (American, b. Lithuania, 1871 - 1924); engraved bronze; H x diam.: 0.3 x 6.2 cm (1/8 x 2 7/16 in.); Gift of Victor David Brenner; 1906-33-1

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