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Death of Washington Commemorative Medal

2006.44.95 (RS258099)

Description

This medal was struck in 1800 to commemorate the death of George Washington in December of 1799. On the recto side it shows a profile of Washington wearing his military coat, surrounded by the inscription "He is in glory the world in tears." On the verso stand a classical draped urn inscribed with his intitials and surrounded by his dates of birth, army service, presidency and death. It is pierced at the center top with a hole, through which is passed a round bail for suspension as a pendant. These medals were struck in white metal, silver, copper and gold for mourners to wear in memory of "the immortal Washington" according to one advertisement at the time.

Details

Maker
Perkins, Jacob E, 1766-1849 (Silversmith)
Date
1800
Inscriptions
On side one: ""HE IS IN GLORY, THE WORLD IN TEARS."
On Side two: "B.F.II.1732.G.A.ARM.'75.R/'83.P.U.S.A.'89/R.'96G.ARM.U.S.'98.OB.D.14.1799." (imprinted)
Location of origin
Massachusetts
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
silver (metal)
Object type
Documentary Artifacts; Memorabilia
Places
Newburyport (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
Commemorative
Medal, Commemorative
silver (metal)
Dimensions
1/16 (W), 1 1/8 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.95
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
101680

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