A vintage collectible bronze medal of Washington before Boston that commentates Washington’s deluge and capture of the British Forces stationed in Boston during the Revolutionary War. The siege began on April 19 after Lexington and Concord. Washington's militia from surrounding Massachusetts communities blocked land access to Boston. The Continental Congress formed the Continental Army from the militia, with George Washington as its Commander in Chief. In June 1775, the Americans laid siege to the British-occupied city of Boston and conducted raids, minor skirmishes, and attacked with some sniper fire. The seige lasted until March 1776.
This copy is a commemorative token is a circa 1960s reproduction of the medal that was originally cast in gold.
The one side has a bust of Washington and the text - HOSTIBUS PRIMO FUGATIS BOSTONIUM RECUPERATUM XVII MARTII MDCCLXXVI.
The other side has a scene of Washington and three other men on horseback overlooking the city of Boston and the text - COMITIA AMERICANA GEORGIO WASHINGTON SVPREMO DVCI EXERCITVVM ADSERTORI LIBERTATIS.
In nice vintage condition with some patina and wear commensurate with vintage age. There is a small red mark on the top left in the text - see photos for detail.
NOTE: The original round commemorative medal was originally cast from a design by the artist Pierre-Simon-Benjamin Duvivier. The medal was struck in Paris and presented to Washington on March 21, 1790.The Washington before Boston medal was considered to be the most important and is the largest in the Comitia Americana series. A gold specimen was presented to Washington on March 21, 1790 at Mount Vernon, along with a collection of eleven silver medals (the Washington before Boston, Gates, Wayne, Fleury, Stewart, Morgan, William Washington, Howard and Greene medals authorized by congress as well as the 1783 Libertas Americana and the 1786 Franklin medals).
Measures 2 1/2" in diameter and is approx. 1/8" thick. It weighs 145.4 grams.
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