George Washington Seasons Medal

George Washington Seasons Medal
George Washington Seasons Medal
Title
George Washington Seasons Medal
Date 
1798
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
diameter: 1 7/8 in. ( 4.8 cm )
Description 
Silver struck medal with obverse depicting shephard surrounded by grazing cattle; fragment of cottage beneath tree at left; mountains in distance at right; inscription in exergue: "U.S.A." Reverse contains inscription within laurel and oak wreath: "SECOND/PRESIDENCY/OF/GEO:WASHINGTON/MDCCXCVI."
Credit Line 
Gift of Dr. Charles R. King & Hon. John A. King
Object Number 
1894.7
Marks 
Inscription: obverse, below exergual line, at right: "C.H.KUCHLER.F."
Gallery Label 
This medal, one of a series of three collectively referred to as Washington Seasons medals, were ordered by James McHenry, Secretary of War, through Ambassador Rufus King in England. The set was designed by Colonel John Trumbull in England in 1797. Trumbull's sketches for the three obverses and single common reverse were engraved into dies by Conrad Kuchler. The medals were struck by Boulton & Watt in Birmingham during April-October, 1798. The medals, executed in silver and bronze and representing cattle raising, land cultivation, and spinning and weaving, were intended for distribution to Native Americans as an encouragement to adopt "civilized" living.
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Creative: Tronvig Group