Guide to Medals from US Expositions





Obv. THE TOWER OF THE SUN at top, ornamental gate; tower in center foreground; bay, bridge and setting sun in background.

Rev. Official Seal: Tower and bridge, setting sun in background; above 1939 / San Francisco Bay — all within center circle; outside, around Golden Gate International Exposition. 63mm diameter

AWARD MEDALS - 1939 Golden Gate Expo
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Golden Gate International Exposition (1939 and 1940) was held at San Francisco, California to celebrate two newly-built bridges. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was dedicated in 1936 and the Golden Gate Bridge was dedicated in 1937. The exposition was opened initially from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939. It opened again from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.

The Exposition was held on Treasure Island, a completely flat, artificial island attached to Yerba Buena Island, near where the Oakland span and the San Francisco span of the Bay Bridge join. Built by the federal government, Treasure Island was to be an airport for Pan American Airline's Pacific Rim service of flying boats, of which the China Clipper is an example. Due to wartime needs, it was soon turned into a naval base, which was occupied by the US Navy from 1941 to 1997. more..

Arthur Brown, Jr., designer of San Francisco City Hall and the Court of Horticulture at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, was commissioned to execute The Tower of the Sun and the Court of Honor. The Panama-Pacific International Exposition's Tower of Jewels is here reborn at the Golden Gate International Exposition in Brown's Tower of the Sun. The slender central tower of the exposition grounds, rising 392 feet, is beautifully rendered in this nocturnal view. Brown, whose esthetics was grounded firmly in the Beaux Arts tradition, was a master of this idiom as this stately tower clearly illustrates.


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