Columbian Exposition Medal Features Interesting Columbus Portrait
If you put all the portraits of Columbus featured on Columbian Expo medals you would have dozens of men who couldn't possibly be the same guy. This, and the portrait on the Columbian commemorative half dollar, seem to be two of the apparently most realistic interpretations of the explorer. Most have tried to interpret images seen through the years, but there are only two paintings supposedly done in Columbus' lifetime and they should be the best model to follow. The number of medals is so great that it shouldn't be a surprise that many were designed by those simply unqualified to do so. the reverse, unlike the myriad landing scenes, is one idea used quite sparingly--a "bird's eye view" of the fair. This would take some imagination since no one had an aerial camera in 1893. Most such images of the fairgrounds were highly open to interpertation and not constrained by reality! This view is more accurate in the overall appearance of the fairgrounds than most but it was done without the great degree of detail on many such medals, and it also shows wear, albeit not too much; the scene simply lacked detail to begin with. Overall this is a medal that even in the best condition feels like must be worn because the design and strike are "flat." Many sellers lacking knowledge about the fair automatically tack on a high price just because it is the exposition and it was, after all, 127 years ago. This is a decent piece when it's at a reasonable price. This one is more than reasonable. It should typically be priced at $40 or more.