Metis shipwreck

Object Number: 
2008.42.213
Date: 
1875
Medium: 
Gold
Dimensions: 
diameter: 63.8mm (2 1/2 in.)
Marks: 
Reverse at outer left bottom of wreath: "W. & C. BARBER".
Description: 
Gold struck medal with obverse showing lifeboat with standing crewmember and one in water with draped female, lighthouse at right, sinking ship at left; reverse legend: "BY RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS FEBRAURY 24. 1873" above banded oak wreath enclosing "TO" and in space for engraving: "J.CONNOLLY." above "FOR/ COURAGE AND HUMANITY/ IN THE/ SAVING OF LIFE/ FROM THE WRECK/ OF THE/ STEAMER METIS/ ON/ LONG ISLAND SOUND/ AUGUST 31, 1872."
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group