Libby Prison Medal
Libby Prison Medal. Chicago: 1893. 2 3/4″, heavy white medal.
Minted in honor of the acquisition of the notorious Libby Prison, which was moved block-by-block from Richmond to Chicago at the time of the Columbian Exposition.
Front shows the old warehouse turned prison as it appeared during the war, with A-frame tents arranged in front of it. Verso features an engraved history of the Libby Prison building, and around the edge the inscriptions “No Sectionalism / 1861 / No North / No South / 1865 / No Animosity.”
This example in very good condition with a few nicks; a scarce find as the few still known to exist tend to be dented and gouged around the edges.