Statue of Columbus dressed in period garb that includes a hat, stands holding an orb topped by a cross in his extended left hand. The figure is set atop an incised base that is surrounded by a low fence.
See A History of the Columbus Statue, Phillipsburg N.J. by Edward C. Rafferty.
The statue was refurbished in 2002.
This commemorative medal shows on one side the portrait of "Rev. R.E. Burke, Rector" with the text: "Sts. Phillip & James Church - Phillipsburg, N.J." and the date "Oct. 12, 1892". The other side shows the Columbus statue and the text "1892 Columbus 1892 Souvenir Medal".
The medal is similar to #238 of Harold E. Hibler & Charles V. Kappen, So-Called Dollars, an Illustrated Standard Catalog with Valuations. New York: The Coin and Currency Institute, Inc. 1963.
Identical to the one in Columbus, Ohio, and Peoria, Ill.
This monument on postcards
- Alphons Pelser (... - 1895),
German-American sculptor in Salem, Ohio, worked for W.H. Mullins Company.
Sources & Information
- Postcard "Catholic Church and Rectory, Phillipsburg, N.J.", author's collection
- Medal: author's collection.
- Modern photo and information by Ed Rafferty, Historian of Warren Council, Knights of Columbus, October 2002.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information system).
Location N 40°41'8" W 75°11'26"
Item Code: usnj06;
Added: 11 August 2003
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