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Medal - Congressional Medal, Major General Peter B. Porter, United States of America, 1814 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 36546

Summary:
Bronze strike of the Congressional Medal awarded to Major General Peter B. Porter, by the United States of America, 1814. The medal was awarded for Porter's gallantry and good conduct during the Battle of Chippewa, the Battle of Niagara, and the Battle of Erie.

Since the American Revolution the United States Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Each medal honours a particular individual, institution, or event. Often off-metal strikes were later produced for artistic and commemorative purposes.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 65 mm (Diameter)

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Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Decorations - Civil
Tertiary Classification: congressional
DateEra: 1814 AD
Obverse Description: A draped bust of Porter; around, MAJOR GENERAL PETER B PORTER.
Reverse Description: The reverse depicts the United States seated facing left writing scroll (box of scrolls behind her), winged Victory stands at left holding flags bearing the names of battles; around above, RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS NOVEMDER 3. 1814.; in exergue, BATTLE OF CHIPPEWA / JULY 5. 1814 / NIAGRA. JULY 25. 1814 / ERIE. SEP. 17. 1814. In small letters below, the artist's name, FURST F.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: United States of America
Artist: Moritz Furst

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