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Washington "Manly" medal (original dies)

1790
Origin: America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Diameter: 49 mm
Bronze
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.

Baker-61B

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.