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Major Henry Lee Military Medal

Object Number: 
INV.3910ab
Date: 
1975
Medium: 
Pewter; plastic, paper
Description: 
Two pewter replicas of the original gold medal authorized by Continental Congress to be presented to Henry Lee for his assault on Paulus Hook, 1779. With accompanying documents.
Gallery Label: 
This medal is a pewter replica of the original 1779 gold medal granted to Major Henry Lee for his daring pre-dawn assault in 1779 at Paulus Hook, a British occupied for in what is now Jersey City, New Jersey. He captured 158 prisoners and safely retreated after the successful completion if his mission. This example, struck by the U.S. Mint, Department of the Treasury, was fifth in a series of ten pewter reproductions of early American military medals.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group