Treasury Department - First Class Life Saving Medal (1877-1882)
diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
Bronze struck medal with a scene of three men in a lifeboat rescuing a sailor with legend: "LIFE SAVING MEDAL OF THE FIRST CLASS/UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." Reverse shows allegorical figure of Fame preparing to write on one side of blank monument; eagle atop of monument and nautical attributes to right of monument; all within beaded border; legend: "IN TESTIMONY OF HEROIC DEEDS IN SAVING LIFE FROM THE PERILS OF THE SEA"; inscription below exergual line: "ACT OF CONGRESS/JUNE 20th 1874."
inscription: obverse, at lower right: "PAQUET"
inscription: reverse, below nautical emblems: "PAQUET"
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