Commodore Edward Preble Naval Medal
diameter: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm )
inscription: obverse, on bust truncation, at center: "R."
Copper-plated lead electrotype of the Preble naval medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of Edward Preble facing left with legend: "EDWARDO PREBLE DUCI STRENUO/COMITIA AMERICANA." Reverse shows naval battle scene with American ships firing at the walls of Tripoli; legend: "VINDICI COMMERCII AMERICANI"; inscription below exergual line: "ANTE TRIPOLI/MDCCCIV."
Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807), who commanded the American fleet during the Barbary Wars in the Mediterranean, was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by an 1805 Resolution of the United States Congress, in honor of his skill and bravery onboard the U.S.S. Constitution in the battle off Tripoli in 1804.
Gift of Mrs. John Hill Morgan
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