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Treasury Department - First Class Life Saving Medal (1877-1882)

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diameter: 2 in. ( 5.1 cm )
inscription: obverse, at lower right: "PAQUET" inscription: reverse, below nautical emblems: "PAQUET"
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."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group