This medal is one of James Fraser’s last medallic works and honors the Pony Express, the legendary mail service that ran from April 1860 until October 1861. The image shows a rider fending off attackers and galloping at full speed to his next stop where a fresh horse awaits him. The inscription “Ten days to San Francisco ” was the Pony Express guarantee for transcontinental service. The reverse side of the medal, with the motto “New Frontiers 1849,” reworks a design originally used on the 1926 Oregon Trail commemorative half-dollar.
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- 2 7⁄8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle
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- History – United States – exploration
- Animal – cattle
- History – United States – Pony Express
- Figure male – full length
- Architecture – vehicle – wagon
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