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Captain Stephen Decatur, Jr. Naval Medal

Captain Stephen Decatur, Jr. Naval Medal
Title
Captain Stephen Decatur, Jr. Naval Medal
Date 
1820-1881
Medium 
Bronze
Dimensions 
diameter: 2 9/16 in. ( 6.5 cm )
Description 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of Stephen Decatur, Jr. facing right, with legend: "STEPHANUS DECATUR NAVARCHUS. PUGNIS PLURIBUS, VICTOR." Reverse shows naval battle with legend above: "OCCIDIT SIGNUM HOSTILE SIDERA SURGUNT"; inscription in exergue: "INTER STA.UNI. NAV. AMERI./ET MACEDO.NAV.ANG.DIE/XXV OCTOBRIS/MDCCCXII."
Object Number 
INV.2699
Marks 
inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at lower left: "FURST.F." inscription: reverse, on exergual line: "FURST F."
Gallery Label 
The reverse of this medal bears a diebreak at the bottom, which indicates that it was struck prior to 1881 (a medal in the collection of John Ford, Jr., struck before 1881, has the same sign of breakage at the bottom of the reverse).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group