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Roderic H. Blackburn

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Antique Americana Medals

:US Mint Military MedalsUS Mint Naval MedalsUS Mint peace Medals and others

US Mint Military (Army) Medals

Revolutiuonary War,  War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War

Paris Mint and US Mint medals of the late 18th and 19th centuries commemorated victorious commanders in the Revolution,  War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War. While struck in gold and silver, most are copper with a special bronze patina from the US Mint, Philadelphia or the Paris Mint . They were struck in small numbers (1 for gold, a few in silver and scores to hundreds in bronzed copper). As such these are rare. Recognized as Emblems of Honor, they are fine examples of the medallic art and are usually in fine condition as they have been collector's items from the beginning.    If you do not see what you want in our current holdings, send us your wish list and I will contact you if and when we receive what you are looking for.

For a full discussion see Roderic H. Blackburn: "Emblems of Honor, Congressional medals of war and peace" The Magazine Antiques. Vol CLXII, No.1 July 2002, p.82-89. Ask us for an emailed copy.

Note: please email us at rod@rhblackburn.com  for detailed photos of any medals you are interested in, cite inventory number.

 Note: the bronze patina varies considerably and that was the case when they were patinized. Some are almost orange and bright, others are "chocolate" dark brown, others are "mahogany"  red brown, and still others are close to tan, lighter or darker.  Most are 57-64mmm or larger than 2" diameter. Condition varies both for the medal surface and for the patina. 

The American Revolution

M0058 General Henry Morgan 56mm copper bronzed MI-7 Cer good condition but for a c. 1/16" bend through the medal. Cast of lead with copper and bronze-like  patina. Cast from a strike from the 1839 dies.  "DANIELI MORGAN DUCI EXERCITUS/ COMITIA AMERICANA" (The American Congress to Daniel Morgan, General of the Army) "Dupre F." An Indian princess, symbolizing America, crowning the victorious general. With trophies. "VICTORIA LIBERTATIS VINDEX/ FVGATIS CAPTIS AVT CAESIS AD COWPENS HOSTIBVS.XIII. JAN. MDCCLXXXI." (Victory, the protector of freedom. The enemy put to flight, taken, or slain at Cowpens, January 17, 1781). "DUPRE INV. ET F." at lower edge. U. S. Mint (Phila.)

General Henry Morgan 56mm copper bronzed MI-7

M0062A Lieut.‑General Francois Louis Tessiedre DeFleury,  46mm  Bronzed copper, First struck1780, Engraver: Duvivier;  Paris Mint   This struck 1880-92, US Mint..From 1880 reverse die. Julian No.  MI‑4. Condition: Fine uncirculated condition.  Some original brilliance, obverse: darker spot at lower right. Case completely intact.

Mars on the ruins of the fort treading on the British flag which he has wrestled off, and raising the sword with which he had vanquished the enemies who had oppressed his conquest. In Latin: "A memorial and reward for bravery and boldness ‑ The American Republic presented this award to M. de Fleury, a French officer, who as the first scaled the walls."  The fort of Stony Point and the enemy's vessels on the river below it. In Latin: "Fortifications, marches, and the enemy overcome ‑Stony Point taken by assault, July 15th, 1779"   .

Note: this medal and the identical M0062B have been in a red morocco leather display case since minted. As such there is virtually no wear.   Medal M0062A and M0062B may be purchased together in the original case, or separately. The case is completely intact. I purchased a group of cased medals (see others on ther website). Judging by the die states, tthese cased medals and their cases were made about 1883-85. By whom we do not know, possibily the US Mint. As the cases contain recesses for two medals, one can view obverse and reverse without handling.    SOLD

M0062B De Fleury Stony Point medal

M0055 Lieutenant‑General William Washington,  47mm  Bronzed copper, First struck 1789 Paris Mint. By Duvivier. This one struck c. 1860-92 US Mint. Julian No. MI‑8. Condition:   Fine uncirculated condition, rich mahogany patina. Note: this is a shell version. A most rare and unusual form - a shell, that is, two think copper strikes joined and patinated..  

The Colonel Washington at the head of his legion charges and routs the enemy. A Victory above his head, points at him. In Latin: "The American Congress to William Washington, Commander of a regiment of cavalry."   Inscription in wreath of laurel. In Latin: "Through the determined pursuit of the enemy with a small group of soldiers, he gave a distinguished example of inborn valor in the battle at Cowpens, January 17, 1781."   SOLD


M0059 Lieutenant‑General William Washington,  46mm  Bronzed copper First struck 1789, Paris Mint, by Duvivier. This one struck 1832-41, Paris Mint with privy mark of 1832-41 and "BRONZE" on rim.. Condition: Fine uncirculated chocolate/ mahogany specimen. Scattered small spots on obverse field. Some of original brilliance retained on reverse. 

The Colonel Washington at the head of his legion charges and routs the enemy. A Victory above his head, points at him. In Latin: "The American Congress to William Washington, Commander of a regiment of cavalry."   Inscription in wreath of laurel. In Latin: "Through the determined pursuit of the enemy with a small group of soldiors, he gave a distinguished example of inborn valor in the battle at Cowpens, January 17, 1781."   Duvivier    Paris. Paris Mint    SOLD

Lieutenant‑General William Washington, 47mm Bronzed copper MI‑8 (UNL)


M0056 Leiutenant Colonel John E. Howard  47mm  Bronzed copper. First struck 1789, Paris Mint by Duvivier.   This one struck 1881-90 US Mint.Die state of 1881.  Julian No.MI‑9  Condition: Fine uncirculated condition. U. S. Mint 19th century strikes have been described as "decidely scarce."

Col. Howard on horseback, his sword raised pursuing a fleeing enemy soldier carrying a flag. A Victory flying above, with a palm branch inher left hand, holds a laurel wreath above the Colonel's head. In Latin: "The American COngress to John Eager Howard, Commander of a regiment of infantry." Legend in laurel‑wreath. In latin: "By suddenly attacking the wavering lines of the enemy, he gave a distinguished example of military gallantry in the battle at Cowpens, January 17, 1781."  Duvivier  U. S. Mint (Phila.)   SOLD

Leiutenant Colonel John E. Howard 47mm Bronzed copper, MI‑9 1881‑90

M0061A Leiutenant Colonel John E. Howard  44mm  Bronzed copper, First struck 1789, Paris Mint by Duvivier, This one struck at the Paris Mint before 1830. Julian No. MI‑9  Condition:  Fine uncirculated condition. Dark chocolate brown patina. Obverse small spot,  Red morocco case: intact but for a small piece of missing morocco. With Paris diagnostic features: Obverse: Small die rust at rim over the E in  PEDI identifies the original die of the Paris Mint. Reverse: three rust spots around VIRTUTIS on reverse. Also Paris Mint: 45mm (not 47mm), uneven lettering both sides;  a plain edge which is somewhat concave, with die segment line.  Without mint marks on rim, i.e. pre 1830.

Col. Howard on horseback, his sword raised pursuing a fleeing enemy soldier carrying a flag. A Victory flying above, with a palm branch inher left hand, holds a laurel wreath above the Colonel's head. In Latin: "The American Congress to John Eager Howard, Commander of a regiment of infantry." Legend in laurel‑wreath. In latin: "By suddenly attacking the wavering lines of the enemy, he gave a distinguished example of military gallantry in the battle at Cowpens, January 17, 1781." 

Note: this medal and the identical M0061B have been in a red morocco leather display case since ca. 1880-85. As such there is virtually no wear. Medal M0061A and M0061B are offered as one lot in the morocco case.    SOLD

M0061B John Howard Cowpens medal

John E, Howard US Mint medal Julian MI-9

 


M0061B  Lieutenant Colonel John E. Howard  47mm  Bronzed copper, First struck 1789, Paris Mind, by Duvivier. This one struck at the Paris Mint before 1830.. Julian No.MI‑9. Condition:  Fine uncirculated condition. Dark chocolate brown patina. Obverse  3 spots, reverse:2 spots. Red morocco case: intact but for a small piece of morocco. With Paris diagnostic features: Obverse: Small die rust at rim over the E in  PEDI identifies the original die of the Paris Mint. Reverse: three rust spots around VIRTUTIS on reverse. Also Paris Mint: 45mm (not 47mm), uneven lettering both sides;  a plain edge which is somewhat concave, with die segment line.  Without mint marks on rim, i.e. pre 1830.

Col. Howard on horseback, his sword raised pursuing a fleeing enemy soldier carrying a flag. A Victory flying above, with a palm branch inher left hand, holds a laurel wreath above the Colonel's head. In Latin: "The American COngress to John Eager Howard, Commander of a regiment of infantry." Legend in laurel‑wreath. In latin: "By suddenly attacking the wavering lines of the enemy, he gave a distinguished example of military gallantry in the battle at Cowpens, January 17, 1781." 

Note: this medal and the identical M0061B have been in a red morocco leather display case since ca. 1880-85. As such there is virtually no wear. Medal M0061A and M0061B are offered as one lot in the morocco case.   SOLD

M0061B John Howard Cowpens medal

M0057 General Nathaniel Greene 57mm bronze MI-10.Grey medal electrotype with bronze-like patina.  Very good condition, some uneven wear to edge, patina rubbed on highpoints, one small scracth on obverse. "NATHANIELI GREEN EGREGIO DUCI COMITIA AMERICANA." (The American Congress to Nathaniel Greene, a distinguished general). Bust of greene in uniform, facing to the left. "SALUS REGIONUM AUSTRALIUM" (The safety of the southern region). "HOSTIBUS AD EUTAW DEBALLATIS DIE VIII SEPT MDCLXXXI." (The enemy vanguished at Eutaw on the 8th of September 1781). A winged Vicotry holds a crown of laurel in her right hand, and a palm branch in her left; one foot on a trophy of arms & flags of the conquered enemy. Dupre U. S. Mint (Phila.)     SOLD

General Nathaniel Greene 57mm bronze MI-10

War of 1812

M0010 Major General William Henry Harrison   65mm  Bronzed copper    MI‑14 c. 1860‑92            Uncirculated.   "MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM H. HARRISON". Bust of General Harrison facing right.  "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS APRIL 4. 1818/ FORT MEIGS BATTLE OF THE THAMES/ BATTLE OF THE THAMES OCTOBER 5, 1813."   Moritz Furst  U. S. Mint (Phila.)

Major General William Henry Harrison 65mm Bronzed copper MI‑14 c. 1860‑92

M0014 Major General Winfield Scott,  65mm  Bronzed copper,  MI‑20  c. 1860‑92  Unicirculated. Mark mahogany patina. Small obverse field spots. "MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT." Bust of General Scott facing to right. "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS NOVEMBER 3. 1814. BATTLES OF CHIPPEWA JULY 5. 1814. NIAGARA JULY 25. 1814. FURST F."  Moritz Furst   U. S. Mint (Phila.)

Major General Winfield Scott, 65mm Bronzed copper, MI‑20 c. 1860‑92 Unicirculated.

M0012 Major General Alexander Macomb, 65mm  Bronzed copper,  MI‑16  c. 1860‑92       Unicirculated. Some original brilliance Three small spots on obverse field  "MAJOR GENERAL ALEXANDER MACOMB." Bust of Ganeral Macomb facing to right. "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS NOVEMBER 3, 1814./ BATTLE OF PLATTSBURGH SEPT. 11. 1814." American Army repulsing the British troops trying to cross the Saranac River; Plattsburgh in flames; to right, the naval battle on Lake Champlain; Cumberland Head in the background.   Moritz Furst   U. S. Mint (Phila.) SOLD

Major General Alexander Macomb, 65mm Bronzed copper, MI‑16 c. 1860‑92

M0013 Major General Peter B. Porter,  65mm  Bronzed copper,   MI‑18  c. 1860‑92  Uncirculated. Rich mahogany patina. Some spots on obverse field.  "MAJOR GENERAL PETER B. PORTER." Bust of General Porter facing to right. "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS NOVEMBER 3. 1814./ BATTLES OF CHIPPEWA / JULY 5. 1814/ NIAGARA JULY 25, 1814./ ERIE SEP. 17. 1814. FURST F."     Moritz Furst  U. S. Mint (Phila.)  SOLD

Major General Peter B. Porter, 65mm Bronzed copper, MI‑18 c. 1860‑92 Uncirculated.

M0007 Major General Jacob Brown,  65mm  Bronzed copper,  MI‑11  c. 1860‑92 Almost Uncirculated. Slight dings on portrait. Die breaks at observe rim 2:30, 5. "MAJOR GENERAL JACOB BROWN." Bust of  General Brown facing right.   "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS NOVEMBER 3,1814/ NIAGARA ERIE CHIPPEWA/ BATTLES OF CHIPPEWA. JULY 5, 1814. NIAGARA. JULY 25, 1814. ERIE. SEP. 17. 1814/ FURST. F."  Moritz Furst    U. S. Mint (Phila.) SOLD

Major General Jacob Brown, 65mm Bronzed copper, MI‑11 c. 1860‑92 Almost Uncirculated

M0009 Major General Edmund P. Gaines, 65mm  Bronzed copper,  MI‑13  c. 1860‑92.  Fine uncirculated condition, some original brilliance. Two spots in obverse field.  "MAJOR GENERAL EDMUND P. GAINES." Bust of General Gaines, facing right.  "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS NOVEMBER 3. 1814./ BATTLE OF ERIE/ AUG. 15. 1814." Winged  Victory, standing on a British shiled, holds a plam branch in her left hand, and places with her right a crown of laurel upon a cannon standing upright in the ground and forming the center of a trophy of the enemy's arms. The cannon is inscribed "ERIE".   Moritz Furst    U. S. Mint (Phila.) SOLD

Major General Edmund P. Gaines, 65mm Bronzed copper, MI‑13 c. 1860‑92. Fine uncirculated condition

M0011 Major General Andrew Jackson,  65mm  Bronzed copper,  MI‑15  c. 1860‑92  Fine uncirculated condition. Rich mahogany finish. "MAJOR GENERAL ANDREW JACKSON." Bust of General Jackson racing to right. "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS FEBRUARY 27. 1815./ BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS/ JANUARY 8. 1815./ FURST F."   Moritz Furst    U. S. Mint (Phila.) SOLD

Major General Andrew Jackson, 65mm Bronzed copper, MI‑15 c. 1860‑92 Fine uncirculated condition

M0039 Brigadier General Eleazer W. Ripley  65mm  Bronzed copper,  MI‑19  c. 1860‑92  Almost uncirculated, somewhat dull tan patina, with copper showing here and there (once cleaned of patina?).       "BRIG. GENERAL ELEAZER W. RIPLEY." Bust pof General Ripley faving to right.   "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS NOVEMB. 3. 1814./ BATTLES OF CHIPPEWA/ JULY 5. 1814./ NIAGARA JULY 25. 1814./ ERIE. AUG. 15 SEP. 17. 1814. FURST F."  Moritz Furst    U. S. Mint (Phila.)  SOLD

Brigadier General Eleazer W. Ripley 65mm Bronzed copper, MI‑19 c. 1860‑92 Almost uncirculated,

The Mexican War

M0015 Major General Zachary Taylor, 64mm  Bronzed copper,  MI‑22  c. 1860‑92   Fine uncirculated condition. "GENERAL ZACKARY TAYLOR." Bust of General Taylor facing to right.  "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS JULY 16TH 1846. PALO ALTO MAY 8TH 1846. RESACA DE LA PALMA MAY 9TH 1846."   U. S. Mint (Phila.) SOLD

Major General Zachary Taylor, 64mm Bronzed copper, MI‑22 c. 1860‑92 Fine uncirculated

M0016 Major General Zachary Taylor, 64mm  Bronzed copper,  MI‑23  c. 1860‑92   Fine uncirculated condition. "GENERAL ZACKARY TAYLOR." Bust of General Taylor facing to right.  "RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS MARCH 2ND 1847/ MONTERAY/ SEPTEMBER 1846."  U. S. Mint (Phila.) SOLD

Major General Zachary Taylor, 64mm Bronzed copper, MI‑23 c. 1860‑92 Fine uncirculated

M0065A  Major General Zachary Taylor, Battle of Buena Vista. 90mm Bronzed copper. First struck 1849, US Mint, by Wright Ellis.  This one struck from original dies ca. 1880 at the US Mint.  Julian No. MI-24.Condition: Uncirculated. Obverse: scattered dark verdigris spots, some mottled patina,  Reverse: one dark verdigris spot, some mottling of patina. Case missing 3 sections of morocco.

Present to General Taylor for his Mexican War battle victory at Buena Vista.. Obverse: MAJOR GENERAL ZACHARY TAYLOR/ RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS: MAY 9, 1848. S. ELLIS  at bottom.  Reverse: Ornate battle scene encircled by two serpents, sprays of cactus and oak below. BUENA VISTA FEB. 22. & 23, 1847 above. C. C. WRIGHT SCULP lower right.

Note: this medal and the identical M0065B have been in a red morocco leather display case since minted. As such there is virtually no wear.   Medal M0065A and M0065B may be purchased together in the original case, or separately. The case needs some restoration. I purchased a group of cased medals (see others on ther website). Judging by the die states, tthese cased medals and their cases were made about 1883-85. By whom we do not know, possibily the US Mint. As the cases contain recesses for two medals, one can view obverse and reverse without handling.  SOLD

M0065A Zachary Taylor Buena Vista medal

M0065B  Major General Zachary Taylor, Battle of Buena Vista. 90mm Bronzed copper. First struck 1849, US Mint, by Wright Ellis.  This one struck from original dies ca. 1880 at the US Mint.  Julian No. MI-24.Condition: Uncirculated. Obverse: scattered dark spots, some mottled patina,  Reverse: 2 spots, some mottling of patina. Case missing 3 sections of morocco leather which could be restored.

Present to General Taylor for his Mexican War battle victory at Buena Vista.. Obverse: MAJOR GENERAL ZACHARY TAYLOR/ RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS: MAY 9, 1848. S. ELLIS  at bottom.  Reverse: Ornate battle scene encircled by two serpents, sprays of cactus and oak below. BUENA VISTA FEB. 22. & 23, 1847 above. C. C. WRIGHT SCULP lower right.

Note: this medal and the identical M0065A have been in a red morocco leather display case since minted. As such there is virtually no wear.   Medal M0065A and M0065B may be purchased together in the original case, or separately. The case needs some restoration. I purchased a group of cased medals (see others on ther website). Judging by the die states, tthese cased medals and their cases were made about 1883-85. By whom we do not know, possibily the US Mint. As the cases contain recesses for two medals, one can view obverse and reverse without handling. SOLD


M0065B Zachary Taylor Buena Vista medal

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