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Medal for the Inauguration of the Simplon Tunnel, International Exhibition, Milan (Medaglia Inaugurazione del Sempione, Esposizione Internazionale Milano) 1906
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Medal for the Inauguration of the Simplon Tunnel, International Exhibition, Milan (Medaglia Inaugurazione del Sempione, Esposizione Internazionale Milano) 1906
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Circular gilt metal medal with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with a scrolled rectangular plaque inscribed ‘ESPOSIZIONE INTERNATIONALE / MILANO 1906’, the arms of Savoy above, a view of the exhibition buildings below; the reverse with the seated figure of a helmeted workman to the left, his hands resting on a drill, the Alps to the right with the twin entrances to the Simplon Tunnel, dated ‘1898-1906’, inscribed above ‘INAUGURAZIONE / DEL SEMPIONE’, maker’s mark ‘JOHNSON’ for Stefano Johnson of Milan below and numbered  ‘MI 19803’ at the base; diameter 25.6mm (1.1 inch).

The International Exhibition of 1906 in Milan was inspired by the completion of the Simplon Tunnel under the Alps linking Italy and Switzerland.

 
Medal for the Inauguration of the Simplon Tunnel, International Exhibition, Milan (Medaglia Inaugurazione del Sempione, Esposizione Internazionale Milano) 1906
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