The medal was first struck in the late spring of 1886 but records are not clear who actually authorized the medal. Those examples with MORGAN on the truncation of the bust were probably struck after 1917 when Morgan became the chief Mint engraver. The wreath on the reverse of this medal was also used for the commemorative medal of President Garfield's assassination.
The medal was struck in gold, silver and copper. The copper examples have a deep chocolate color. "Brassy" color examples are modern Mint made copies that vary from the above description. This medal is in beautiful condition, but falls into the category of "brassy" with Morgan on the truncation of the bust. It weight 8.5 ounces and measures 3 inches.