Captain John Paul Jones Naval Medal

Object Number: 
After 1863
diameter: 2 1/4 in. ( 5.7 cm )
Bronze struck medal, with obverse showing uniformed bust of John P. Jones facing right with legend: "JOANNI PAVLO JONES CLASSIS PREAFECTO/COMITIA AMERICANA." Reverse shows naval battle scene with legend: "HOSTIVUM NAVIBVS CAPTIS AVT FVGATIS" and inscription below exergual line: "AD ORAM SCOTIAM XXIII SEPT./MDCCLXXVIIII."
Gallery Label: 
The first order of American-struck bronze medals for John Paul Jones came on June 7, 1863, when Director of U.S. Mint Pollock requested twenty-five to be made. When the first dies were made in 1863, the artist's name (Dupre) was left off, as on this example.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John V. Irwin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group