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