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General Daniel Morgan Military Medal

Object Number: 
1234
Date: 
1839
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 1/8 in. ( 5.4 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: obverse, below inscription in exergue, at center: "DUPRE. F." inscription: reverse, below inscription in exergue, at center: "DUPRE INV ET F"
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing Indian princess, symbolizing America, crowning victorious general with laurel wreath; military trophies in the background; with legend: "DANIELI MORGAN DUCI EXERCITUS" and inscription in exergue: "COMITIA AMERICANA." Reverse with battle scene with legend above: "VICTORIA LIBERTATIS VINDEX" and inscription in exergue: "FVGATIS CAPTIS AVT CAESIS/AD COWPENS HOSTIBVS/XVII. JAN. MDCLXXXI."
Gallery Label: 
This is a bronze strike of one of the "Comitia Americana" medals awarded by Congress to heroes of the Revolutionary War between 1776 and 1781. General Daniel Morgan was honored by Congress in 1781, but the original gold medal was not struck until 1789 or 1790. Morgan's original medal was lost, and Congress authorized another gold medal in 1836 for an heir of the general. This bronze strike was issued by the U.S. Mint from copy dies made in 1839.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group