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Commodore Matthew C. Perry Presentation Medal

Object Name: Medal
Date: 1856
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 2 5/8 × 3/8 in., 4 oz (troy) 15.2 dwt (6.7 × 1 cm, 148 g)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Struck silver medal; circular medal with a raised profile bust of Commodore Matthew Perry with the inscription, "COMMODORE M. C. PERRY." in roman letters around the edge on the obverse; on the reverse in an oak leaf and laurel garland, "PRESENTED/ TO/ COM. M. C. PERRY/ SPECIAL MINISTER FROM THE/ U.S.A./ BY MERCHANTS OF BOSTON./ IN TOKEN OF THEIR APPRECIATION/ OF HIS SERVICES IN NEGOTIATING/ THE TREATY WITH JAPAN WITH JAPAN/ SIGNED AT YOKU-HAMA./ MARCH 31./ AND WITH LEW CHEW/ AT NAPA. JULY 11./ 1854./ MISSISSIPPI" in roman letters; maker's mark below Perry's bust.
Credit Line: Gift of Honorable Perry Belmont
Object Number: 1936.410
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Marks: around the edge on the obverse: "COMMODORE M. C. PERRY." in roman letters on the reverse: in an oak leaf and laurel garland, "PRESENTED/ TO/ COM. M. C. PERRY/ SPECIAL MINISTER FROM THE/ U.S.A./ BY MERCHANTS OF BOSTON./ IN TOKEN OF THEIR APPRECIATION/ OF HIS SERVICES IN NEGOTIATING/ THE TREATY WITH JAPAN WITH JAPAN/ SIGNED AT YOKU-HAMA./ MARCH 31./ AND WITH LEW CHEW/ AT NAPA. JULY 11./ 1854./ MISSISSIPPI" in roman letters cast: below Perry's bust: "F. N. MITCHELL" in roman letters

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This medal was struck in 1856 at the U.S. Mint at the request of Thomas B. Curtis and other Boston merchants. One gold medal, 20 silver, and 104 bronze medals were struck. Engraver Francis N. Mitchell's bust of Perry was based on a bas-relief prepared by sculptor Horatio Greenough after a photograph.

Bibliography:

R.W. Julian, "Medals of the United States Mint: The First Century, 1792-1892," (1972), p. 218.