Cazenovia Centennial Medallion, 1793-1893
Daniel H. Weiskotten
12/19/2000
 
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This commemorative medallion, actually just 1 5/8 inches (4.1 cm) in diameter and 3/16 inches (0.35 cm) thick, was made for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the settlement of the community of Cazenovia.  The date of 1810 is also included which is the date that the Village of Cazenovia was incorporated.  The obverse of the medallion shows a rendition of the St. Memin profile of John Lincklaen, the Resident Agent for the Holland Land Company and the founder of the settlement.  The reverse shows the coat of arms of the family of Theophile Cazenove, the American Agent for the Holland Land Company, and for whom the community was named.  The medallion was produced in both a copper alloy (brass or bronze) and white metal (not silver).  They came in small cardboard pillboxes that fitted the two versions snugly.  I do not know what company produced these medallions, but judging from the quality and based on knowledge of other central New York commemorative works made at the same time, I would guess that Oneida Community was the producer.  If I am not mistaken Oneida Community also fashioned commemorative spoons for the 1893 Cazenovia Centennial.  Unfortunately no matching coins were produced for the community's bicentennial in 1993, although various pewter ornaments and awards with the 1993 logo were produced.
 

 

 
 
 
 
St. Memin's profile of John Lincklaen