Major Henry Lee Military Medal
Pewter; plastic, paper
case: 3 x 3 9/16 x 1/2 in. ( 7.6 x 9 x 1.2 cm ) diameter: 1 1/2 in. ( 3.8 cm )
Inscription: obverse, on bust truncation, at left: "J. WRIGHT" Inscription: box cover, at bottom, in silver: "AMERICA'S FIRST MEDALS" Inscription: inside box, at bottom, in silver: "AMERICA'S FIRST MEDALS"
Pewter struck medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of Henry Lee with surrounding legend: "HENRICO LEE LEGIONIS EQUIT.PRAEFECTO/COMITIA AMERICANA." Reverse bears inscription within laurel wreath: "NON OBSTANTIB/FLUMINIBUS VALLIS/ASTUTIA&VIRTUTE BELLICA/PARVA MANU HOSTES VICIT/VICTOSQ./AKMIS HUMANITATE/DEVINXIT./IN MEM PUGN AD PAULUS/HOOK DIE XIX./AUG.1779." Medal is inset into black rectangular plastic case with red-paper-lined interior.
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