diameter: 4 in. ( 10.2 cm )
Bronze struck medallion with obverse showing clothed bust of Joseph Francis facing left with legend: "THE . VNITED . STATES . OF . AMERICA . BY . ACT . OF . CONGRESS . 27 . AVGUST . 1888 . . ./to JOSEPH . FRANCIS . /INVENTOR . AND . FRAMER ."; inscription below bust: "OF.THE.MEANS.FOR. THE./LIFE.SAVING.SERVICE./OF.THE.COVNTRY."; thirty-eight stars around. Reverse shows oak wreath enclosing scene of life-saving equipment in operation along the sea-coast; dates at lower center: "1801-1812/1850."
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