Master Commandant Oliver H. Perry Naval Medal
diameter: 2 5/16 in. ( 5.9 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of Oliver H. Perry facing right with legend: "OLIVERUS HAZARD PERRY. PRO PATRIA VICIT/PRESENTED/BY THE GOVERNMENT/OF PENNSYLVANIA." Reverse with naval battle scene with eagle flying overhead with streamer inscribed "VICTORY" in its beak; legend: "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY; AND THEY ARE OURS./REPRODUCTION 1880 [in small type at bottom center]"; inscription below exergual line: "BRITISH FLEET ON LAKE ERIE./CAPTURED SEPTEMBER 10.1813."
Gift of John V. Irwin
inscription: reverse, above exergual line, at right: "FURST"
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