Obv: bust of Lincoln, right, MEMORIA IN AETERNA above, name below. Rev: Liberty holding a raised flag and advancing toward a military post below. Legends NORTH WESTERN SANITARY FAIR above, and CHICAGO, ILL./ 1865 below. A die crack from 2 o'clock across Lincoln's head to 8 o'clock inspired an apocryphal story, often repeated in numismatic and historical circles, that the crack occurred on the day that Lincoln was shot. Actually, the 1,000 medals struck were produced at the Philadelphia Mint during June 1865 -- two months after his death. To forever put this myth to bed, consider the obverse legend: MEMORIA IN AETERNA (In Eternal Memory) a very unusual phrase to use for a living person!
Mahogany finish with some multicolored toning in evidence here and there. Typical surface abrasions and contact marks you would expect on a medal of this size. An impressive piece!