American Institute Medals
Harkness 40, circa 1840 - 1848
Awarded to "John S. Weeden / For a Model of a / Counterpoise Bridge / 1843
Harkness 50, circa 1848 - 1856
Harkness 51, circa 1848 - 53
| Harkness 51 is referred to as the Benefactor Premium. They are identical to Harkness 50 but were only struck in bronze and the inscriptions include "Van Schaich Premium". Andrew Harkness says these were awarded to pioneers in the silk industry. This example is awarded to "Miss Harriet Summy for the Best Bushell of Cacoons".
Harkness 60, 1858 - 1868
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Harkness 70, 1842-1860, 1925-1926
|Awarded to Ebenezer Barrows for a Superior Rotary Engine, 1853. From JK Americana website "
Barrows' engine was apparently designed to run steamboats, and he received a good amount of press for his creation at the time. It was patented in England in 1851 and in the US in 1854. Barrows died in Brooklyn in 1858."
Overstruck on an 1853 cent
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)
| Andrew Harkness, in his 1989 article in the T.A.M.S. Journal, does not list a silver version of this medal. This unawarded piece was in the March 2014 Stacks Bowers sale.
Medal of Special Award
Harkness 120, bronze, 51.2mm
struck circa 1872
| Andrew Harkness attributes this to Robert Jr. and calls the obverse the same as Harkness 40 above. Close examination reveals these are not the same dies and there is no evidence of the signature found on Harkness 40. If these were engraved by a Lovett it was likely George H..
Harkness 130, circa 1865 - 1875
| Andrew Harkness calls this "Unsigned" and does not attribute this to Robert Sr. but this specimen has a faint trace of the "Lovett" signature below "New York". Close examination shows this to be the same obverse die as Harkness 60. And my example of Harkness 60 has the same faint signature so these both appear to have been struck from well worn dies.