Lee  Gaskins'  MEET ME AT THE FAIR  The 1904 St. Louis World's   Fair 
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This section of  the  At the Fair, The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair,   pertains to Items. This will include anything sold and/or given out to fairgoers. 


The GOLD MEDAL,  was a beautiful 3.5 ounce  medal,   shaped as a 3-point shield and was made from what was originally called `government bronze. In addition to the medal a diploma of award was also given to the recipient. Because the medals were not made out of gold or silver, this   medal was labeled  Gold Medal.' to signify the achievement.

9,000 Gold medals were  awarded  to competitors during the Fair.

6,000 Commemorative medals were given out to competitors as well.

The design for gold  medal  was almost identical 
to the grand with the   obvious
exception of the shape, wreaths and on the tablet,
the addition of the word gold. The gold and
commemorative medals were exactly  the same
in  design and shape except that  word-
commemorative was used on the tablet, instead of
gold..

The SILVER MEDAL,  was a  2 1/2 inch square medal which had the same circular image as the gold and bronze awards. In addition to the medal a diploma of award was also given to the recipient.

11,550  Silver medals were  awarded  to competitors during the Fair.


The BRONZE  MEDAL,  was a  2 1/2 inch circular  medal  which weighed 105 grams. 
In addition to the medal a diploma of award was also given to the recipient.

10,000  Bronze medals were  awarded  to competitors during the Fair.


The GRAND MEDAL,   a beautiful  medal  shaped as a 5-point shield; designed by Adolph A. Weinman (who would later design the  Mercury Dime  and the Walking Liberty Half Dollar), the award was made from what was originally called `government bronze.  The artwork was struck by the  U.S. mint in Philadelphia. The  figure holding the US flag is Columbia, while the youthful  figure to her right represented  the Louisiana Purchase Territory.

On each `corner-side' of the wreaths are 14 stars which  represented  the 14 territories carved out of the Louisiana Purchase. The   rising sun in the background, showed the dawn of a new era of progress. In addition to the medal a diploma of award was also given to the recipient. The circular part of the medal was the same in all the other medals (gold, silver, and bronze awards).

The reverse showed an architectural tablet inscribed with "Grand Medal" and "Louisiana Purchase Exposition". Two dolphins symbolizing the nations' eastern and western boundaries, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans were  sculpted below the tablet, while  a large eagle with its wings spread, stood above.   In addition to the medal a diploma of award was also given to the recipient.

Only 3,300 Grand  medals were  awarded  to competitors during the Fair. All in all, there were  39,158 awards were given out.


The back of each medal showcased an eagle and dolphin motiff. This is the Silver medal back.