Horatio Gates Military Medal
diameter: 2 3/16 x 1 3/4 in. ( 5.6 x 4.4 cm )
Inscription: obverse, above exergual line, at right: "N.GATTEAUX" Inscription: reverse, below exergual line, at left: "GATTEAUX F."
Gold die-struck medal presented to General Horatio Gates by Congress; obverse: bust of General Gates, in uniform, facing left; legend: "HORATIO GATES DUCI STRENUO"; inscription in exergue: "COMITIA AMERICANA"; reverse: Burgoyne surrendering his sword to Gates, with vanquished troops of Great Britain in left background, and victorious American army in right background; legend above: "SALUS REGIONUM SEPTENTRIONAL."; inscription in exergue: "HOSTE AD SARATOGAM / IN DEDITION ACCEPTO/ DIE XVII OCT MDCCLXXVII"; with hanging bracket attached at top.
This is the original gold medal awarded by Congress to General Horatio Gates (1728-1806) in 1777 for his defeat of General John Burgoyne at Saratoga. The medal was engraved by Nicholas Marie Gatteaux and executed in Paris in 1787.
John W. Adams and Anne E. Bentley, "Comitia Americana and Related Medals (2007), pp. 55-58.
Gift of Frederick Gallatin
Presented to Horatio Gates (1727-1806) in 1787; bequeathed to Mrs. Horatio Gates (Mary Vallance, 1740-1810) in 1806; bequeathed by Mrs. Gates to Horatio Gates Stevens (1778-1873) in 1810; to his grandson Frederic Gallatin (1841-1927), who presented it to the New-York Historical Society in 1889.
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