Commodore Edward Preble Naval Medal
diameter: 2 9/16 in. ( 6.5 cm )
inscription: obverse, on bust truncation: "R." inscription: reverse, below exergual inscription, at center: "REPRODUCTION 1884."
Bronze struck medal with uniformed bust of Edward Preble facing left surrounded by legend: "EDWARDO PREBLE DUCI STRENUO/COMITIA AMERICANA." Reverse shows naval battle scene with American ships firing at the walls of Tripoli; legend: "VINDICI COMMERCII AMERICANI"; inscription in exergue: "ANTE TRIPOLI/MDCCCIV."
Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807), who commanded the American fleet during the Barbary Wars in the Mediterranean, was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by an 1805 Resolution of the United States Congress, in honor of his skill and bravery onboard the U.S.S. Constitution in the battle off Tripoli in 1804.
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