Mike 's Blog

06 Oct 2020

Paul Revere Medal 1975

Medals | Mike

Hi my friends I hope you are all well. This blog starts of with Henry Wandsworth Longfellow. He wrote a sonnet back in 1860. Almost a hundred years after Paul Revere! We have herd the beginning of this many times in school. "Listen My Children and you Shall Here Of The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere." Who was Paul Revere. He was a patriot. He was an engraver, a silversmith. He had many tallents. He believed in freedom from England and was a member of the Sons of Liberty.

He was born in January 1 ,1735. He passed on on May 10, 1818.at the be of 83. Now he is remembered for his famous ride.! But did it happen? It took place in April 18, 1775. He was warning Boston residents that the British were coming. He also participated in the Boston Tea party. Boarding a ship and tossing the tea into the water.. Now to his ride. He was supposed to warn John Hancock and Samuel Addams. He did not yell the British are coming. No he made noise so much to wake everyone.

He and his riding partner William Dawes reached Lexington separately!!. Riding partner? Yes. Paul Revere did get to Lexington. On foot. You see a British patrol had stopped him short of Lexington. He walked there . But Hancock and Addams did flee in time. Now it's reported that the two and Samuel Prescott( ancestor of the Bush family such produced two American Preidents) They headed for Concord.And they were stopped by the British.Only Prescott got through. So four riders rose that night.

Because of Revere the famous Minute Men were ready the next morning for the historic Battle that launched the American Revolutionary War. Now the two lanterns he did not do on his own accord. He was orderd! !One of by land two if by sea. Now he did not become a hero till almost a hundred years later.. That is because of Longfellow. The following paragraph is important.

Now the medal was made in 1975. Not to many coins with that date on it or medals. The obverse says American Revolution Bicentennial. Paul Revere.The reverse says Lexington and Concord. The shot heard round the world.. I noticed the initials MG. That was the designer. But who was MG. I could not find it anywhere. So I called the Philadelphia mint. I spoke with a gentleman named Gary.. He said let me have your number and I will get back to you.He did about forty minutes later.. He told me he called Washington archive's and found the information!! Her name as Margret Grigor. A Scottish American born in Scotland in 1912 and died in 1981. She made many famous medals and won awards. See what you can do with a phone call. They were great!! I hope you enjoyed it. Don't believe everything you here or read, be safe be well. By the way Gary and myself spoke for thirty minutes. Research ,I love it!!




Level 3

As I promised earlier, I read this blog. Great that you found out who MG was.


Level 7

I could of written more on this man. Not to be recognized for a.100 years. Allot of what he done was word of mouth. There are allot of facts. But any way you look at it true or not he was a great man. If Longfellow did not write that sonnet we probably would of never here of him. Or if we did not as a father of this country. As far as I'm concerned he is .I'm very happy I found that Medal. Thank you all. Mike


Level 7

Scratches are from the air tite. The medal is perfect!! In my eyes!


Level 5

Great Blog, yeah, he actually said "The English are coming". They were called many things at that time, but British referred to all people from the British Isles to all commonwealth and colony citizens at that time. During the occupation of Boston, the English soldiers were called "Lobster Backs" because of the Red Uniform w/Black belt they wore crisscrossed over their chest and back. Sorry to carry on, History Buff here. Great Blog and subject, great effort researching the matter. Later!


Level 5

Way to go the extra mile, Mike! You never know what you will find. That's a really nice medal from a significant anniversary in the history of our nation. By the way, thanks for filling us in as Paul Harvey used to say, "And now the rest of the story." Or, as you would say, "Now for the correct story."


Level 5

Nice medal. I have been reading a book about the revolution. Very interesting history and times back then. Thanks for the great history and picture of a nice medal. Don't believe I have seen this medal before.

The MoKe

Level 6

Beautiful Medal Mike and a better story, thanks for sharing, I am hoping we get some new and interesting medals for our 250th Anniversary in only 6 years.


Level 6

Nice blog. These bicentennial medals make a nice addition to anyone's collection. Reasonable priced also.

Thank you Mr. Mike I have learned that i also like NumisMaster are related to not one but two founding fathers. Stephen Hopkins and Francis Hopkinson who created the first American flag and first American coin. Thank you for another great blog!

Unfortunate that he didn't yell "the british are coming", but I, for one, will still refer to that sometimes for a joke or two. Without these men each playing their part, we might not have had an America.


Level 6

Great blog Mike. Tons of history to be rediscovered. How could all that be untrue? I read it on the internet. Thanks..


Level 7

Simple Longfellow put it in his poem 100 years later. No one really knew of him. Till Longfellow wrote his sonnett. And it's a medal. Silver proof.


Level 6

Cool blog, Lots of history going on! So Paul Revere did not yell "The British are coming"... I'm so disappointed to find that out. But that's history. Thanks again Mike ; )


Level 5

Thank you Mike.... I recently found that I am related distantly to many of the founding fathers and revolutionaries.... Paul revere included! I also was able to visit his home (great picture by the way). Nice medal, it looks beautiful! Keep up the good work! Cheers, NM

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Mike, the home you have a picture of.... Was that Paul Revere's home? Thanks for educating and in fact correcting a few historical myths that I thought was the true history. Great research, by the way. You set examples for us all!

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