1891 Augusta GA Carnival and Trade Display Medal

Discover this Rare 1891 Medal of the Augusta GA Carnival & Trades


Welcome to our dedicated page for the 1891 Augusta Georgia Carnival and Trades Display Medal. This unique piece stands out in our collection. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of Augusta and its significance in the late 19th century.

Historical Background

Augusta, Georgia, founded in 1736, quickly became a vital trade hub due to its strategic location along the Savannah River. The city’s growth was spurred by the introduction of railroads in 1833 and the construction of the Augusta Canal in 1847. By the late 1800s, Augusta was a thriving center for trade and tourism, attracting visitors from the Northeast to its resort hotels.

The 1891 Carnival and Trades Display

The 1891 Carnival and Trades Display was a significant event held during a period of prosperity for Augusta. Although records are scarce, the event likely served as a regional showcase of trade and culture. Augusta GA was a vibrant community with economic strength in 1891.

Medal Description

  • Obverse Side: The medal features a central Jester, flanked by a chariot with two rearing horses and soldiers in Roman-style attire. The inscription “Souvenir of Our Carnival” adorns the top, surrounded by a decorative bead border.
  • Reverse Side: The reverse side is inscribed with “Carnival and Trades Display, Augusta GA” and “HELD Jan 20-23, 1891” within a wreath, symbolizing the event’s commemorative nature.

Physical Characteristics

This medal, made of white metal and measuring 37.7mm in diameter. It is accompanied by a red, white, and blue ribbon typical of American medals from the period.

Rarity and Collectability

The 1891 Augusta Carnival medal is considered extremely rare, especially in bronze and white metal variants, making it a valuable addition to any collection.

Personal Connection

As a Georgia native, this medal holds special significance to me, connecting my personal history with the rich cultural heritage of my state. Researching and acquiring this piece has deepened my appreciation for Augusta’s historical legacy.


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