Obv: undraped bust right, LOVETT on truncation, around: 1775 - 100 - years - 1875 / I.F.W. DES G.H.L. FEC, all with central circle, around, outside circle: FIRST IN WAR AND PEACE / * LAST IN SECURING *. Rev: unfinished monument divides vertical WASHINGTON - D.C., around: (PRESIDENCY OF U.S. GRANT) / WOOD'S SERIES "C" NO. 3, all in circle, outside: A MONUMENT . / * CORNER STONE LAID 1848. COMPLETED 1876(?) *.
Only thirty pieces were struck, as satire medals. Designed by Isaac F. Wood and engraved by George Hampden. They satirize the delay in completing the Washington Monument.. The medals were distributed on July 3, 1875, the centenary of Washington's assumption of command of the Continental Army before Boston.
This medal is fully struck in Proof format with mirrored fields and devices produced in High Relief. Deep lavender-gray patina covers the obverse, with golden accents on the motifs. The reverse shows rich tan and gold toning near the borders, leaving the fields and the Washington Monument depiction essentially untoned and silver-gray. Mild hairlines in the fields are indicative of light cleaning.