General Daniel Morgan Military Medal

Object Number: 
1942.24
Date: 
1839-1890
Medium: 
Copper-plated lead
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 3/16 in. ( 5.6 cm )
Marks: 
marked: on obverse: "DUPRE"
Description: 
Copper-plated lead electrotype of medal awarded by Congress to General Daniel Morgan; obverse with legend "DANIELI MORGAN DUCI EXERCITUS" and "COMITIA AMERICANA" with depiction of Indian princess crowning victorius general with laurel wreath; reverse with legend "VICTORIA LIBERTATIS VINDEX" and "FVGATIS CAPTIS AVT CAESIS AD COWPENS HOSTIBVS. XVII. JAN. MDCLXXXI." with battle scene.
Gallery Label: 
This is a bronze cast of one of the "Comitia Americana" medals awarded by Congress to heroes of the Revolutionary War between 1776 and 1781. General Daniel Morgan was honored by Congress in 1781, but the original gold medal was not struck until 1789 or 1790. Morgan's original medal was lost, and Congress authorized another gold medal in 1836 for an heir of the general. This bronze cast was made from copy dies made for the U.S. Mint in 1839.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. John Hill Morgan
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Creative: Tronvig Group