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Fire-damaged presentation coins and medallion

Fire-damaged presentation coins and medallion

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Description (Brief)
This fused clump of presentation coins and fire-scarred medallions was recovered from the damaged offices of the Pentagon. The bottom of one coin reads “Thomas E. White,” who was sworn in as Secretary of the Army May 31, 2001. These coins may have been minted to commemorate White’s inauguration. When terrorists hijacked an airplane and crashed it into the Pentagon, the jet fuel ignited a large fire. The heat from the blaze was so intense that it fused these metal coins together.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medallions, fused
Measurements
overall: 2 in x 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
2002.0279.19
accession number
2002.0279
catalog number
2002.0279.19
September 11th Attacks
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, 9/11
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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