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John Adams Commemorative Medal

Object Number: 
INV.4809
Date: 
1800-1850
Medium: 
Gilt copper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 in. ( 2.6 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: envelope, type-written in black: "JOHN ADAMS MEDAL (President of the US)/Gift of Frederick B. Barshell,/30 West 87th Street, NY 24, NY/October 12, 1960"
Description: 
Gilt copper struck medal with obverse showing clothed bust of John Adams facing right with legend: "2ND PRESIDENT, U.S.A./JOHN ADAMS/1797 1801." Reverse contains inscription: "MINISTER/TO ENGLAND/VICE PRESIDENT/TWO TERMS/CREATED U.S. NAVY ON/ACCOUNT OF EUROPEAN/WAR CLOUD/FIRST PRESIDENT TO/OCCUPY WHITE/HOUSE"; legend: "SON OF LIBERTY/COLOSSUS OF INDEPENDENCE."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Frederick B. Barshell, 1960
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group