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Medal

Object Number: 
2008.42.175
Date: 
1813
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
diameter: 33.8mm (1 5/16 in.)
Marks: 
On reverse between right bottom of bust and end of legend: "FURST".
Description: 
Silver struck medal with obverse showing right-facing bust-length portrait of Decatur in uniform; legend: "COM. S. DECATUR OF THE U.S. NAVY 1813." Reverse shows right-facing bust-length portrait of Lawrence in uniform; legend: "CAP. J. LAWRENCE OF THE U.S. NAVY 1813"
Gallery Label: 
This is a rare strike in silver of a medal commemorating two heroes of the War of 1812 who had become national celebrities. Lawrence was killed in teh battle between the HMS Shannon and the USS Chesapeake, which he commanded. Decatur was killed in a duel in 1820.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group