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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.
The death of George Washington in 1799 sent the young Republic into deep mourning. The outpouring of grief translated into a range of commemorative objects and elaborate funeral processions across the country. A silversmith in Newburyport, Massachusetts, designed this medal specifically for children to wear at Washington's memorial processions.
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)
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
Perkins, Jacob E, 1766-1849 (Silversmith)
1/16 (W), 1 1/8 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
Newburyport (Essex county, Massachusetts)