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Commodore Edward Preble Naval Medal

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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."
Gallery Label: 
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group