William Washington at the Cowpens, France, 1781 (Paris Mint, original dies)

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Description (Brief)
One (1) William Washington at the Cowpens medal, (Comitia Americana)
United States (France), 1781 (1840)
Obverse Image: Washington sits on a horse with sword drawn, leading the 3rd Continental Light Dragoons who charge in the background against the British cavalry. Winged Victory flies with Washington with a palm branch in left hand and a laurel crown in right.
Obverse Text: GULIELMO / WASHINGTON / LEGIONIS / EQUIT / PRAEFECTO / COMITIA / AMERICAN
Reverse Image: Seven lines of text surrounded by a wreath.
Reverse Text: QUOD / PARVA / MILITUM / MANU / STRENUE / PROSECUTUS / HOSTES / VIRTUTIS / INGENITAE / PRAECLARUM / SPECIMEN / DEDIT / IN / PUGNA / AD / COWPENS / XVII. / JAN. / MDCCLXXXI
Rim Text: ARGENT (though struck in bronze?)
General Information: Engraved by Benjamin Duvivier; original die strike: Paris hallmark and "ARGENT" on edge, although piece is struck in bronze.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1781
associated date
1781 01 17
1781 01 17
issuing authority
Congress of the United States
associated person
Duvivier, Benjamin
Washington, William
obverse engraver
DuVivier, Pierre Simon
reverse engraver
DuVivier, Pierre Simon
manufacturer
Paris Mint
place made
France
place of issue
United States
associated place
France
United States: South Carolina
Physical Description
struck (overall production method)
bronze (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
Measurements
overall: 46.5 mm; 1 27/32 in
ID Number
NU.76.23.14
catalog number
1977.0393.0014
accession number
1977.0393
catalog number
76.23.14
Credit Line
Stack family
related event
Battle of Cowpens, 1781
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Comitia Americana
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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