Gold Roosevelt Memorial Association Medal of Honor Presented to Owen Wister - Case of Issue
Diameter: 3.25 inches, weight: 374.8 grams. The obverse features a bust of Theodore Roosevelt facing right, FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE is above, JE FRASER 1920 (the designer) is to the left, and MDCCCLVIII (1858) MCMXIX (1919) is to the lower right. On the reverse, ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION MEDAL OF HONOR circles the peripheral area, with the legend IF I MUST CHOOSEBETWEEN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE I CHOOSE RIGHTEOUNESS. Each side presents an "as issued" appearance with no wear or distractions evident. The deep golden medal presents a matte-like appearance and is complete with its original leather embossed case of issue. This rare medal has been in the possession of Owen Wister's family since it was issued to him in 1929 by James Garfield, President of the Roosevelt Association. Garfield was the son of the late James A. Garfield and served as the Secretary of the Interior during the Roosevelt administration. To date, only 135 Theodore Distinguished Service Medals have been awarded. An extremely rare offering at public auction.
- Stamped on the edge are: IN THE FIELD OF AMERICAN LITERATURE - OWEN WISTER and MEDALLIC ART CO. NY 18K.