Medal - Congressional Medal, Captain Jared S. Crandall & Others, United States of America, 1873 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 36574

Copper strike of the Congressional Medal awarded to Captain Jared S. Crandall and Others, by the United States of America, 1873. The medal was awarded to the ten men who saved 32 people from the wreck of the steamer Metis in 1872.

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: 64 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: steamships, shipwrecks, life saving awards, maritime rescues
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Decorations - Civil
Tertiary Classification: congressional
Series: Congressional Medals
DateEra: 1873 AD
Obverse Description: The rescue of a woman with the steamer sinking in the background and a rescuer pointing to others in the water.
Reverse Description: At the centre within an oak wreath, TO / / FOR / COURAGE AND HUMANITY / IN THE / SAVING OF LIFE / FROM THE WRECK / OF THE / STEAMER METIS / ON / LONG ISLAND SOUND / AUGUST 31. 1872; around, BY RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS FEBRUARY 24. 1873.; the artists names; W. & C. BARBER in small letters at left.
Edge Description: The edge is plain
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: United States of America

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