Washington "Manly" medal (original dies)
Origin: America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Gift of Mrs. Anna Glen B. Vietor
Acc. No. 1986-63
Obverse: Bust of George Washington in military uniform to left.
Reverse: Star above inscription.
Label:This medal has the distinction of being the first medal commemorating George Washington to be struck in America. Designed by Samuel Brooks, a Philadelphia goldsmith and seal cutter, it was issued and sold by Jacques Manly in 1790. At the time, medals in white metal sold for $1, those in silver for $4, and brass or bronze versions (like this one) cost $2.
It is thought that Joseph Wright's beautiful portrait of Washington (executed c. 1784 and published in 1790) served as the inspiration for this rather unflattering portrait of the President.
Inscription(s):Obverse: "GEO. WASHINGTON BORN VIRGINIA FEB.11 1732."
Reverse: "GENERAL OF THE AMERICAN ARMIES 1775 RESIGNED 1783 PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1789." "J. MANLY & C. 1790" below.