Lovett Tokens & Medals
American Institute Medals


Harkness 40, circa 1840 - 1848

Silver, 51.2mm

Awarded to "John S. Weeden / For a Model of a / Counterpoise Bridge / 1843


Harkness 50, circa 1848 - 1856

Silver, 51.1mm

Harkness 51, circa 1848 - 53

Bronze, 51.1mm

     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

Bronze, 51.6mm


Silver, 51mm

(on line image)



Harkness 70, 1842-1860, 1925-1926

Gold, 28.2mm

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." 


Copper, 28.3mm

Overstruck on an 1853 cent


Brass, 28mm



Silver, 28mm

(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

Silver, 51mm



Bronze, 51.2mm

     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.


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