Captain John Paul Jones Naval Medal
diameter: 2 1/4 in. ( 5.7 cm )
Bronze struck medal, with obverse showing uniformed bust of John P. Jones facing right with legend: "JOANNI PAVLO JONES CLASSIS PREAFECTO/COMITIA AMERICANA." Reverse shows naval battle scene with legend: "HOSTIVUM NAVIBVS CAPTIS AVT FVGATIS" and inscription below exergual line: "AD ORAM SCOTIAM XXIII SEPT./MDCCLXXVIIII."
The first order of American-struck bronze medals for John Paul Jones came on June 7, 1863, when Director of U.S. Mint Pollock requested twenty-five to be made. When the first dies were made in 1863, the artist's name (Dupre) was left off, as on this example.
Gift of John V. Irwin
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