Master Commandant Oliver H. Perry Naval Medal
diameter: 2 9/16 in. ( 6.5 cm )
inscription: reverse, below inscription in ex.: "FURST.F."
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of Oliver H. Perry facing right with legend: "OLIVERUS H. PERRY. PRINCEPS STAGNO ERIENSE/CLASSIM TOTAM CONTUDIT." Reverse shows naval battle with legend: "VIAM INVENIT VIRTUS AUT FACIT" and inscription below exergual line: "INTER CLASS. AMERI./ET BRIT. DIE X.SEP./MDCCCXIII."
The obverse and reverse dies for this medal were broken by July, 1866, but not replaced until 1869. When the obverse was replaced, the artist's name was left off. The unsigned obverse was still being used in 1885; it is believed that "FURST" has not been used on any obverse die since 1866.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.