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Medal - Congressional Medal, Henry Lee, United States of America, 1779 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 36568

Summary:
Bronze example of the Congressional Medal issued to Henry Lee by the United States of America, 1779. Designed by J. Wright. By a resolution of the US Congress dated 24 September 1779 a gold medal was to be presented to Major Henry Lee, known as 'Light-Horse Harry', for his attack on British troops and the fort at Paulus Hook in New Jersey, on 19 August 1779.

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 (such as this one in bronze) were later produced for artistic and commemorative purposes.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 45 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: american war of independence 1775-1783
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Decorations - Civil
Tertiary Classification: congressional
Series: Congressional Medals
DateEra: 1779 AD
Obverse Description: A draped bust of Lee facing right; around, HENRICO LEE LEGIONIS EQUIT. PRAEFECTO; below in small letters COMMITIA AMERICANA; on bust truncation, the artist's name, J. WRIGHT.
Reverse Description: The legend, within a wreath, NON OBSTANTIB / FLUMINIBUS VALLIS / ASTUTIA & VIRTUTE BELLICA / PARVA MANU HOSTES VINCIT / VICTOSQ. / ARMIS HUMANITATE / DEVINXIT / IN MEMPUGN AD PAULUS / JOOK DIE XIX / AUG. 1779
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: United States of America
Person Depicted: Major Lee Henry - United States Government, United States of America, 1779

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