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19 Jan 2017

Coin Thoughts #15 by "SUN"

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Major General Ulysses S. Grant

As I find myself not able to afford the coins to complete my coin series. I have been directing my attention to medals. Medals are great additions to any collection.

This Civil War medal to honor Major General Ulysses S. Grant was first struck in January 1865. The medal was 105mm in diameter. The mint has struck re-strikes in 76mm.

The following description is from R. W. Julian book, " Medals of the United States Mint, The First Century 1792-1892."

Obverse:  Bust to left with legend MAJOR GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT JOINT RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS DECEMBER 17, 1863, the whole surrounded by a very ornate frame of wreathes and thirteen stars.ANTROBUS. D. AND PAQUET.F. below bust.

Reverse:  Allegorical vignette of Commerce looking down on two views, one labelled VICKSBURG to left and CHATTANOOGA to right and separated by trophies of war.  She holds a plaque labeled DONELSON in her right hand while her left covers part if a cornucopia with a furled cloth.  To the left of the figure is a circular part representing, as labeled, the MISSISSIPPI RIVER with four steamboats. All of this surrounded by thirteen stars as on the obverse.

Comments

user_7180

Level 5

That is one fine medal. The area of Numismatics has so many paths to take.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Beautiful medal. Congratulations on a great find.

Longstrider

Level 6

Great and beautiful medal of an historic man. It seems more and more people are discovering medals. Good luck and thanks!

Mike

Level 7

A very fine medal. A beautiful medal. And a wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing it with us. This is coin making at its best congratulations on the pick up. And many more I hope.

SpartaCuse

Level 4

Nice addition Sun & great info to - Thank you

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

He was indeed a great general for the union during the war and deserves the medal

CoinLady

Level 6

That is a beautiful medal, and a real piece of history. A Grant half dollar would make a great companion.

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