Master Commandant Oliver H. Perry Naval Medal

Object Number: 
2008.42.179
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 59.3mm (2 5/16 in.)
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of Oliver Perry facing right with legend: "OLIVERUS HAZARD PERRY. PRO PATRIA VICIT/PRESENTED/ BY THE GOVERNMENT/OF PENNSYLVANIA." Reverse bears a blank space for writing enclosed within laurel wreath with "TO" inscribed inside; legend: "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY; AND THEY ARE OURS/ PERRY"; inscription below wreath: "IN TESTIMONY OF HIS/PATRIOTISM AND BRAVERY/IN THE NAVAL ACTION ON/LAKE ERIE/SEPTEMBER 10. 1818."
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group