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New Orleans World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exhibition of 1884

 

The 1884 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition was held in New Orleans at least in part to advertise the city's commercial revitalization following the end of the Reconstruction era. Also to commemorate the centennial of the first shipment of cotton from the United States to England and to advertise the cotton industry.

1884-5 New Orleans Expo Medal Awarded by the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition

New Orleans Cotton Centennial 1884 Bronze Award Medal - 3 Inch Size Medal

This is a bronze 3" award medal from the World Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition held in New Orleans in 1884-5. Minimal wear with a few light scratches and tiny dents on body and along edges. Minted by P.L. Krider in Philadelphia.
   
1884-85 World's Industril and Cotton Centennial Exposition Medal -  2 inch size medal Awarded by the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition medal

1884-85 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition Medal - 2 Inch Size Medal

Copper or Bronze, approx. 4 mm thick; 51 mm (approx. 2.0 in.) diameter.
The obverse features two allegorical figures: Lady Liberty stands holding Phrygian Cap and laurel crown; and Columbia(?) sits behind US shield, holding a sword. Around them are various symbols of agriculture and industry (sheaf of grain, cotton plant, locomotive, stem boat, smoking factory and gears); ribbon legend reads "New Orleans" and inscribed along bottom reads "1884-5" [Note, the inscription identifying the artist "P. L. Krider Co., Phila." does NOT appear in this 51mm version of the coin, although it does appear in the larger (73mm) version I have seen posted on coin auction and museum sites.]
The reverse depicts corn, tobacco, wheat and other plants, a beehive and two medallions. Inscribed at center is "AWARDED BY THE WORLDS INDUSTRIAL AND COTTON CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION" EB212$180

   
New Orleands 1885-86 Award Medal

1885 1886 New Orleans - North, Central and South American Exposition Award Medal

1886.Bronze 260 grams, 73.3mm. Obv. THE THREE AMERICAS, Buffalo with Religion, Columbia and two Indians in feather headdress. Rev. Wreath of cotton, tobacco, corn and wheat encloses 8-line inscription of this little-known New Orleans exposition. Charming style, much mint red luster. About Uncirculated.

   
1884-5 World's Industrial & Cotton Centennial Expos Souvenir Medal Souvenir Medal from World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition

1884-5 Souvenir Medal from The World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Expo in New Orleans

This medal/token is listed in "UNITED STATES TRADE TOKENS 1866-1889," by Russell Rulau: Rulau # La-NO 52 1885 Brass 26mm and Plain Edge.

   
 
Above. Same as the medal above this one, except in silver. New Orleans LA Cotton Exposition Silver Medal 1884 - RARE
This is an Early RARE SILVER Medal from New Orleans Louisiana issued during the World's Fair Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition held there between 1884 - 1885. This Medal was struck in Silver and features an Eagle with American Flag and Banners on the obverse. This Medal measures 25 mm in diameter and grades in UNCIRCULATED Condition.
 
   
1886 North Central & South American Expo Medal

1886 North, Central & South American Exposition Medal

a medal from the 1886 North, Central And South American Exposition that was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The medal is listed in the 4th edition of the Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900 on page 652 with catalog number Rulau La-NO 29. This medal is 1 1/4 inch in diameter, made of silvered white metal and in un circulated condition. (see photos) The obverse shows the Expo building in the center and above it reads THE MAIN BUILDING and below 1378 BY 905 FEET. At the bottom there is a shield flanked by four flags. On the reverse there is a globe showing the Western Hemisphere. 1885 a the North Pole and 1886 at the South Pole and around the outside it reads NORTH, CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN EXPOSITION, NEW ORLEANS. This is a very nice medal in outstanding condition.

 
1885 new orleans cotton centennial exposition medals

1885 WORLD'S INDUSTRIAL & COTTON CENTENNIAL EXPO - Unc - Proof - 20mm
High grade unc, proof like with frosted dives, striking cameo medal, white metal, super detailed obv artwork.

 
1885 Cotton Centennial The Liberty Bell Medal

HK 144 B - Medal 1885 Cotton Centennial Exposition New Orleans Louisiana Liberty Bell Loan . 37.8mm white metal

Proclaim Liberty Throughout The Land To All The Inhabitants Thereof . Philada By Order Of The Pass And Stow Philada MDCCLIII on bell . Lev XXV VX below bell & Liberty Bell above. reverse By Joint Resolution Of The Councils Of The City Of Philadelphia The Liberty Bell Loaned To The Worlds Industrial And Cotton Centennial Exposition Of New Orleans LA 1885.

 
     
Director's medal 184085 Cotton Centennial Exposition New Orleans Expo Medal  

The World's Industrial And Cotton Centennial Exposition. Director's medal. 38 mm.

Hon. E.A. Burke, Direcor Gen'l (Burke) // The First Bale Of Cotton was Shipped From New Orleans A Hundred Years Ago, 1884 & 1885 (Cotton Bale). Rulau La NO-58, silver plated white metal, holed for suspension as made.

 
   
The World's Industrial and CottonCentennial Exposition New Orlealns May 31, 1885 The Main Building Medal  
White metal. 32mm.  
   
World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Expositon Commemorative Medal with Cotton Fields  

The World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition Commemorative Medal

New Orleans, LA 1884 - 1885 Dimensions: 1 5/8" Diameter Front - World Globe *THE WORLD'S Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, 1884 - 1885 Back - New Orleans, LA Heavily Detailed Cotton Fields and Workers, 1884.Condition - Very Good to Excellent - Wonderful, Crisp Detail of Cotton Field. Sold on Ebay Feb 2007 for $383.79

 

Cotton Bales token New Orleans Expo

A souvenir medal from the 1884 -1885 World's Industrial & Cotton Centennial Exposition that was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. This medal is not listed in the Rulau token catalog. The medal is made of white metal, it is 1 1/8 inch in diameter.

One side shows a cotton bale in the center and reads SOUVENIR OF THE - WORLD & COTTON - EXPOSITION. The other side shows a large exposition building in the center. Above the building it reads NEW ORLEANS and below the building it reads 1884-5 - MAIN BUILDING.

 
LA Cotton Exposition Centennial Medals, 1884. Two New Orleans medals. "World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial" around elaborate design of eagle with banner in beak, resting on three shields: US shield, shield inscribed "Justice" with scales, and shield of the National Cotton Producers Association inscribed "N.C.P.A." with a bale of cotton, below is 1884-5 Exposition, New Orleans." Reverse "Souvenir" in a wreath of cotton. The obverse was so detailed that it was difficult to strike, which explains why Rulau La-52 does not have a photo. Two pieces, 25 mm, both brass, about VF-XF.  
   
Wood Souvenir coin from 1885 Cotton Centennial Exposition Garland Stoves and Ranges token  
1885 WOOD SOUVENIR COIN MARKED "THE WORLD'S INDUSTRIAL COTTON CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION IN NEW ORLEANS 1885". PASSED OUT BY & MARKED "COMPLIMENTS MICHIGAN STOVE CO. DETROIT, CHICAGO, BUFFALO" "GARLAND STOVES AND RANGES". CHECK OUT PICTURES THIS IS A EXCEPTIONAL ITEM FROM 1885, AND VERY DETAILED AT 1 5/8" ROUND & QUITE THICK MADE OF ALL WOOD.  
     
Souvenir of the Worlds Industrial and Cotton Exposition medal The main building New Orleans 1884 1885 expo  

Metal coin with raised image of Main Bldg in center; reverse "Souvenir/of/the/World's/Industrial/and/Cotton/Exposition" with laurel wreath; small hole at top Size: 1.25" diam" Condition: Good - some darkening of the metal and loss of finish

 
     
   
Medal from the 1885-1886 North, Central, and South American Exposition held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The obverse pictures a proud eagle standing on a crescent, which has the dates 1885-6 on it, "New Orleans" to the right and left, with the initials "J.R.B." neatly stamped below. The reverse of the medal pictures a shield within a trefoil, surrounded by the exposition name. It is struck in Gilt Brass, 25 mm in diameter, and in AU condition, although holed as made.  
New Orleans expo coin token New Orleans 1884-85 token  
Above: A WELL PRESERVED CENTURY - PLUS PIECE OF HISTORY
The obverse is a fine example of detailed engravers work. On a bronze colored coin, slightly larger than a quarter, the words, "World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial" are inscribed around an elaborate design of an Eagle with a banner in its beak, perched on a U.S. shield with a chained connection to two other shields. One shield is inscribed "Justice" with scales, and the other shield is that of the National Cotton Producers Association inscribed "N.C.P.A." with a bale of cotton. Below these two shields is "1884-5" over the word "Exposition", cradled by a banner joining the Justice and N.C.P.A. shields together and inscribed with the words "New Orleans". The reverse displays the word "Souvenir" in a wreath of cotton.
 
   
 
HK-142 1885 WORLDS INDUSTRIAL & COTTON EXPO NEW ORLEANS  
Souvenir Bookmark 1884 Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition Medal of Main Building 1885-5 New Orleans  
   

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