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Object Name Medal, Commemorative
Object ID Number 2016.019.003
Description This silver medal depicts a bust of Commodore Stephen Decatur on the front and the reverse depicts two warships engaged in battle, the USS United States and the HMS Macedonian. By resolution of Congress, John Gallagher received the medal in 1832. On edge: Presented by the President of the U.S. to LT John Gallagher Agreeable to the Act of Congress.
2-1/2 inches

Obverse bust facing right, legend around STEPHANUS DECATUR NAVARCHUS, PUGNIS PLURIBUS, VICTOR ("Naval captain Stephen Decatur, victor in many battles"). FURST F. at left (facing) shoulder

Reverse two ships exchanging fire, legend OCCIDIT SIGNUM HOSTILE SIDERA SURGUNT ("the flag of the enemy falls, the stars rise"). below INTER STA. UNI. NAV. AMERI. ET MACEDO. NAV. ANG. DIE XXV OCTOBRIS MDCCCXII ("between the America ship United States and the English ship Macedonian October 25, 1812).

For successful ship actions, it became customary to have a gold medal slightly over 2 1/2 inches in diameter presented to the commander, silver versions of the same to his commissioned officers, and an amount of money to be divided among the victors.
Title Stephen Decatur 1812 medal
Date 1832
People Gallagher, John
Decatur, Stephen
Search Terms War of 1812