1915-1916 San Diego Panama-California Exposition Medals

The 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition, celebrated in San Diego, was an event that marked the completion of the Panama Canal, showcasing San Diego as the first U.S. port of call for ships traveling north after passing through the canal. The exposition was a testament to human ingenuity and the spirit of progress, boasting a range of exhibits that spanned various industries and cultures. Set in the lush gardens and Spanish-style architecture of Balboa Park, the event offered a vibrant mix of education and entertainment, leaving a lasting legacy on the city. Its impact was so profound that many of the park’s expo buildings are still in use today, serving as museums and cultural centers.

1915-1916 San Diego Panama-California Exposition Medals

The 1915 San Diego Panama-California Exposition was a great exposition. The only award medal we have been able to identify is this one from from the Smithsonsian 1916 Panama California International Exposition

Bronze 1916 Panama California International Exposition commemorative medal; Obverse: relief of Panama Canal depicted and two explorer figures, embossed text “SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA, PANAMA CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION 1916”;

Reverse: relief of a bear and palm leaf branches depicted, embossed and engraved text “BRONZE MEDAL AWARDED TO MRS. LUA A. CURTIS FOR MINIATURE PAINTINGS”.

Commemorative and Official Medals 1915-1915 San Diego Exposition

The images below are of the same medal, but it doesn’t appear to be an award medal. There are other official and souvenir medals we have seen.

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