Master Commandant Oliver H. Perry Naval Medal

Object Number: 
INV.13682
Date: 
1817-1870
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 2 5/16 in. ( 5.9 cm )
Description: 
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing uniformed bust of Oliver Perry facing right with legend: "OLIVERUS HAZARD PERRY. PRO PATRIA VICIT/PRESENTED/BY THE GOVERNMENT/OF PENNSYLVANIA." Reverse shows legend: "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY; AND THEY ARE OURS/PERRY [at center below]" above blank space surrounded by laurel wreath and the word "TO" inside; inscription below: "IN TESTIMONY OF HIS/PATRIOTISM AND BRAVERY/IN THE NAVAL ACTION ON/LAKE ERIE/SEPTEMVER 10. 1813."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group