George Washington Seasons Medal

Object Number: 
1894.7
Date: 
1798
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 7/8 in. ( 4.8 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, below exergual line, at right: "C.H.KUCHLER.F."
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."
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Charles R. King & Hon. John A. King
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group