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Medal

Object Number: 
1936.410
Date: 
1856
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. ( 1 x 6.7 cm ) Silver Weight: 4 oz (troy) 15 dwt (148 g)
Marks: 
around the edge on the obverse: "COMMODORE M. C. PERRY." in roman letters on the reverse: in an oak leaf and laurel garland, "PRESENTED/ TO/ COM. M. C. PERRY/ SPECIAL MINISTER FROM THE/ U.S.A./ BY MERCHANTS OF BOSTON./ IN TOKEN OF THEIR APPRECIATION/ OF
Description: 
Struck silver medal; circular medal with a raised profile bust of Commodore Matthew Perry with the inscription, "COMMODORE M. C. PERRY." in roman letters around the edge on the obverse; on the reverse in an oak leaf and laurel garland, "PRESENTED/ TO/ COM. M. C. PERRY/ SPECIAL MINISTER FROM THE/ U.S.A./ BY MERCHANTS OF BOSTON./ IN TOKEN OF THEIR APPRECIATION/ OF HIS SERVICES IN NEGOTIATING/ THE TREATY WITH JAPAN WITH JAPAN/ SIGNED AT YOKU-HAMA./ MARCH 31./ AND WITH LEW CHEW/ AT NAPA. JULY 11./ 1854./ MISSISSIPPI" in roman letters; maker's mark below Perry's bust.
Gallery Label: 
This medal was struck in 1856 at the U.S. Mint at the request of Thomas B. Curtis and other Boston merchants. One gold medal, 20 silver, and 104 bronze medals were struck. Engraver Francis N. Mitchell's bust of Perry was based on a bas-relief prepared by sculptor Horatio Greenough after a photograph.
Bibliography: 
R.W. Julian, "Medals of the United States Mint: The First Century, 1792-1892," (1972), p. 218.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Honorable Perry Belmont
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group