1895 Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition


Award Medals – About six thousand exhibits were examined. The Awards Committee awarded a total of 1,573 medals
Gold medals 634 – Silver medals 444 – Bronze medals 495

Gold Medal 1895 Atlanta Cotton States Exposition

Gold Medal from the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta GA

57mm diameter. 6mm wide. Gold plated. The medals were executed upon a design prepared under the supervision of Mr. Horace Bradley, Chief of the Department of Fine Arts, and were delivered in the Summer of 1896. It was produced by medallist Peter L. Krider, Philadelphia. His shop excelled at casting, and was one of the largest medal making firms in the country – commissioned to make award medals for the Centennial Exposition in 1876, New Orleans Expo, and Atlanta Cotton States, and others. Gold plated award medal issued to Live Oak Distillery Co. Medal has been gold plated. ANA info.

Gold Medal from the Cotton States and International Exposition

Gold Medal from the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta GA

Reverse side of above medal.

Silver Award Medal - 1895 Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition

Silver Medal from the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta GA

57mm diameter, 5mm wide. The most rare of the Atlanta expo award medals, only 444 silver medals were made. Extremely rare, this is the only one of two or three that we have ever seen. This was awarded to Lucy C Andrews.

Silver Award Medal - 1895 Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition

Silver Medal from the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta GA

Reverse side of above medal.

Bronze Prize Medal - Atlanta 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition

Bronze Medal from the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta GA

6mm thick, 57 mm diameter. On Obv ‘Atlanta Georgia USA’, Columbia in long chiton, holding a cornucopia filled with fruit in right arm, standing to left: in front of her, a winged wheel, and a small winged genius bearing a tablet inscribed INDUSTRY; in background to the left is the Fine Arts Building. Singed ‘PH MARTINY SC NY’, this medal is notable as the sole signed work of metallic art by by famous sculpture artist PHILIP MARTINY 1858-1927 whose his baby-like winged cherub has become the emblem of generations. “With it’s exuberant allegorical design and lovely modeling, Martin’s Cotton States Exposition medal exemplifies the high Beaux-Arts style of decorative sculpture.”

Bronze Award Medal - Atlanta 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition

Bronze Medal from the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta GA

Reverse side of above medal. The reverse has a palm leaf, the American eagle, a cotton plant and the legend ‘COTTON STATES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION AWARDED TO WERNER BEHME (who was an inventor) ATLANTA GEORGIA USA MDCCCXCV’.

Souvenir Medals 1895 Atlanta Cotton States Expo

Bird's Eye View of Cotton States and International Exposition medals

Bird’s Eye View of Cotton States and International Exposition medals signed by Massonnet, Paris.

Silver plated, 2 inch diameter. Reverse BIRD’S EYE VIEW of COTTON STATES AND INTERNATION EXPOSITION, ATLANTA GA. Obverse features the Exposition Seal: rising Phoenix coming form flames and 1895 on top and 1865 on bottom. Around outside COTTON STATES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION and the dates at bottom SEPT 18TH TO DEC 31ST. Atlanta exposition medal.

Bird's Eye View medal by Massonnet

Bird’s Eye View of Cotton States and International Exposition medals signed by Massonnet, Paris

Reverse side of above medal. Reverse BIRD’S EYE VIEW of COTTON STATES AND INTERNATION EXPOSITION, ATLANTA GA. Features the birds eye view with Massonnet Editor along right rim. Near bottom OPENS SEPTEMBER 19TH CLOSES DECEMBER 31ST 1895. 

Henry Grady Official Souvenir Medal 1895 Atlanta Cotton States Exposition

Official Souvenir Medal – Henry Grady medal. HK-268 Cotton States so called dollar.

Gilt bronze 34mm. Obverse: Picture of Henry Grady, across the top OFFICIAL SOUVENIR MEDAL and Henry W. Grady across the bottom.

1895 Henry Grady Medal

Official Souvenir Medal – Henry Grady medal. HK-268 Cotton States so called dollar.

Gilt bronze 34mm. Obverse: Picture of Henry Grady, across the top OFFICIAL SOUVENIR MEDAL and Henry W. Grady across the bottom.

Liberty Bell Medal - Atlanta Cotton States Expo

Liberty Bell Medal – Atlanta Cotton States Expo

Obverse is Bird’s Eye View of exposition with COTTON STATES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION across the top and Atlanta GA with dates at bottom.

Liberty Bell Medal - Atlanta Cotton States Expo

Liberty Bell Medal – Atlanta Cotton States Expo

Reverse has nice large Liberty Bell and across the top the words PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANS THEREOF. Image provided by Michael at Cherokee Coins, Alpharetta GA

Small Liberty Bell Medals – To Cotton States Exposition Atlanta GA 1895

About dime size in gold, silver and bronze. Obverse has “To Cotton States Exposition Atlanta GA 1895 and on reverse there is a liberty bell with words LIBERTY BELL around top and July 4, 1776 at bottom under bell. Note: the gold, silver medal examples are below.

Gold Small Liberty Bell Medals - To Cotton States Exposition Atlanta GA 1895

Gold Colored Small Liberty Bell Medals – To Cotton States Exposition Atlanta GA 1895

Small Liberty Bell Medals - To Cotton States Exposition Atlanta GA 1895

Gold Colored Small Liberty Bell Medals – To Cotton States Exposition Atlanta GA 1895

Must be zinc or gold plated

Small silver Liberty Bell Medal from 1895 Atlanta Cotton States Exposition

Silver Small Liberty Bell Medals – To Cotton States Exposition Atlanta GA 1895

This sliver medal is just like the gold one above on both sides of the medal. Looks like real silver.

Atlanta Exposition Palace Dollars

Administration Building Medal - 1895 Cotton States Exposition

Administration Building Medal – 1895 Cotton States Exposition

So-Called Dollar HK-269a in Brass. Also not shown is HK-269 – in Aluminum. 

Administration Building Medal - 1895 Cotton States Exposition, Atlanta GA

Administration Building Medal Reverse Side – 1895 Cotton States Exposition

Woman's Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Woman’s Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Expo

Aluminum. 37mm. Obverse: Exposition Seal: rising Phoenix coming form flames and 1895 on top and 1865 on bottom. Around outside COTTON STATES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION and the dates at bottom SEPT 18TH TO DEC 31ST.

Woman's Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition

Woman’s Building Medal Reverse 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Aluminum. 37mm. Reverse: Edifice; below Woman’s Building; above, around Cotton States and International Exposition; at bottom border, microscopic S. D. Childs & Co. Chicago – HK-271

The Electrical Building medal 1895 Atlanta Exposition

The Electrical Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Aluminum 35mm Observe: Casino and Music Hall, Imitation Battle Ship, Manufactures and Liberal Arts 787 x 1687 Feet, 31 Acres, Cost $1,500,000

The Electrical Building 1895 Atlanta Expo

The Electrical Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Aluminum 35mm Reverse: The Electrical Building, 345 ST WIDE 700 FT LONG, Cost $401,000
Note: this medal really has some interesting details

Fine Arts Building medal 1895 Atlanta Expo

Fine Arts Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Aluminum. 38mm Obv. In center, phoenix, wings outstretched, rises from flames; rays and 1895 above, 1865 in flames below; microscopic Childs below l. and Chi below r. of date–all within circle; within outer rope-like circle and inner circle, at top Resurgens, at bottom Atlanta, Ga., two dots on each side between; wing tips of phoenix extend through second circle; border legend Cotton States and International Exposition Sept 18th to Dec. 31st

Fine Arts Building medal 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Fine Arts Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Aluminum. 38mm Rev. Edifice; below Fine Arts Building; above, around Cotton States and International Exposition; at bottom border, microscopic S. D. Childs & Co. Chicago

Frederick Douglas Commemorative Medal- Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition

Frederick Douglas Commemorative Medal- Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition Arts Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Rare 37 mm aluminum medal from the 1895 Cotton and Industrial Exposition World’s Fair held in Atlanta, Georgia. Has a great relief portrait of Frederick Douglas. Shows the negro building on the reverse. 

Negro Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Cotton States Exposition

Frederick Douglas Commemorative Medal- Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition Arts Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Rare 37 mm aluminum medal from the 1895 Cotton and Industrial Exposition World’s Fair held in Atlanta, Georgia. It features the Negro Building on the obverse which was the first African American building in an American Exposition.

Frederick Douglas Commemorative Medal- Bronze

Frederick Douglas Commemorative Medal- Bronze

37 mm bronze medal from the 1895 Cotton and Industrial Exposition World’s Fair held in Atlanta, Georgia. Has a relief portrait of Frederick Douglas. Born 1817 Died 1895. Fred Douglass The Greatest Colored Orator and Statesman

Colored Race Bldg medal International Cotton Exposition

Frederick Douglas Commemorative Medal- Bronze

37 mm bronze medal from the 1895 Cotton and Industrial Exposition World’s Fair held in Atlanta, Georgia. features the Negro Building. Colored Race Bldg medal International Cotton Exposition 1895 Fred Douglass, Sept 18 to Dec 30 1895, Atlanta GA

Lady Liberty medal 1895 Atlanta Cotton States Exposition

Small Liberty Head Medal of Atlanta Exposition 1895

Bronze, 1.9mm medal. Lady Liberty circled by stars around edge

Small Liberty Medal Atlanta Exposition 1895

Small Liberty Medal of Atlanta Exposition 1895

Bronze, 1.9mm medal. Exposition building. Atlanta Exposition 1895.

Exposition Department Store Token 1895 Atlanta Exposition

Exposition Department Store Token Atlanta Exposition 1895

Token Good For 5 cents in Trade Atlanta Exposition 1895

Exposition Department Store Token Atlanta Exposition 1895

Good For 5 cents In Trade Token

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