General George Washington Military Medal
diameter: 2 5/8 in. ( 6.7 cm )
inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at left: "DU VIVIER/PARIS. F." inscription: edge: "Le Comite France-Amerique a M. James H. Hyde" inscription: edge, lower left: "BRONZE"
Gilt bronze struck medal with nude bust of George Washington facing right surrounded by legend: "GEORGIO WASHINGTON SVPREMO DVCI EXERCITVVM ADSERTORI LIBERTATIS/COMITIA AMERICANA." Reverse shows Washington and his staff, on horseback, watching the British evacuation of Boston and the entrance of the American forces; legend: "HOSTIBUS PRIMO FUGATIS" and inscription in exergue: "BOSTONIUM RECUPERATUM/XVII MARTII/MDCCLXXVI."
This medal is a restrike of the 1790 Washington Before Boston medal issued by the French Mint. The French Mint began marking the edges of their medals in 1840 for gold and silver and in 1843 for bronze. This medal bears a mark "BRONZE" on the edge, which makes it possible to date it after 1843. In 1861 the French Mint struck twenty of George Washington medals at the request of U.S. Mint Director James Pollock which were sold at Philadelphia in 1862 to prominent medal collectors.
Gift of Mr. James Hazen Hyde
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