Horatio Gates Military Medal

Horatio Gates Military Medal
Horatio Gates Military Medal
Title
Horatio Gates Military Medal
Date 
1787
Medium 
Gold
Dimensions 
diameter: 2 3/16 x 1 3/4 in. ( 5.6 x 4.4 cm )
Description 
Gold die-struck medal presented to General Horatio Gates by Congress; obverse: bust of General Gates, in uniform, facing left; legend: "HORATIO GATES DUCI STRENUO"; inscription in exergue: "COMITIA AMERICANA"; reverse: Burgoyne surrendering his sword to Gates, with vanquished troops of Great Britain in left background, and victorious American army in right background; legend above: "SALUS REGIONUM SEPTENTRIONAL."; inscription in exergue: "HOSTE AD SARATOGAM / IN DEDITION ACCEPTO/ DIE XVII OCT MDCCLXXVII"; with hanging bracket attached at top.
Credit Line 
Gift of Frederick Gallatin
Object Number 
1889.6
Marks 
Inscription: obverse, above exergual line, at right: "N.GATTEAUX" Inscription: reverse, below exergual line, at left: "GATTEAUX F."
Gallery Label 
This is the original gold medal awarded by Congress to General Horatio Gates (1728-1806) in 1777 for his defeat of General John Burgoyne at Saratoga. The medal was engraved by Nicholas Marie Gatteaux and executed in Paris in 1787.
Provenance 
Presented to Horatio Gates (1727-1806) in 1787; bequeathed to Mrs. Horatio Gates (Mary Vallance, 1740-1810) in 1806; bequeathed by Mrs. Gates to Horatio Gates Stevens (1778-1873) in 1810; to his grandson Frederic Gallatin (1841-1927), who presented it to the New-York Historical Society in 1889.
Bibliography 
John W. Adams and Anne E. Bentley, "Comitia Americana and Related Medals (2007), pp. 55-58.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group