Obverse: Above, ⁕ IN ⁕ HONOR ⁕ OF ⁕ / ALGERNON ·SYDNEY·SULLIVAN / 1826 1887; below, (three flowers) /HE·REACHED·oUT·BoTH·HANDS·IN· CoNSTANT / ⁕ HELPFULNESS·To HIS·FELLoW· MEN ⁕ - Bust of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, head left; at lower right, signed J·E·ROINÉ.
Reverse: AS·ONE·LAMP·LIGHTS· ANOTHER·NOR·GROWS·LESS / SO·NOBLENESS·ENKINDLETH·NOBLENESS - An older man reaching out to aid a youth, and with his flaming torch lighting the torch of the younger. Below is a quotation from James Russell Lowell; at lower right, signed J·E· ROINE.
Note: EDGE: DAVISON PHILA, typical Davison red-tan swirl patina (see 0000.999.4310 for French olive patina). Plans had called for five awards each year to top achievers in the New York Bar exams, to be administered by ANS. Plaquettes were housed in blue hardcover books with biographical data and post-mortem tributes. ANS could not administer this ambitious program. From 1925 to 1973 the Southern Society of New York made awards, thereafter more than 20 Southern colleges have bestowed Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, several as round medallions with the central reverse design as above.
CopyrightHolder: American Numismatic Society
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