Title: Medal for the Panama Pacific International Exposition
Description: Gilt brass medal with reeded edge. Obverse: Female figure, standing, facing to the right. She is holding the flag of California in her left hand and a wreath in the other. A bear stands to her left. On her right, the sun is rising over a view of the Exposition, hills, the bay. Legend along the edge: California the Exposition State. Legend on the lower half: San Francisco 1915. Reverse: Image of a ship passing through the canal. Legend in the center: 1915. Legend along the circumference: Panama Canal Completion Exposition. Legend below: San Francisco.
Description: Historical Note: This medal was presented to the State of Texas by the Panama Pacific International Exposition to commemorate the dedication of the Texas State Building, March 2, 1915. The Panama Pacific International Exposition was the 1915 World's Fair held in San Francisco, California. Taking over three years to construct, the fair had great economic implications for the city that had been almost destroyed by the great earthquake and fire of 1906. Officially, the exposition was a celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal, and also commemorated the 400th anniversary of the discovering of the Pacific Ocean by the explorer Balboa.
Citation information: ATF0346, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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