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Charles E. Barber's Medals | Metis Shipwreck Lifesaving Medal

    type

    Medal

    name

    Metis Shipwreck Lifesaving Medal

    date

    1873

    mint

    Philadelphia

    composition

    Bronze

    country

    USA

    diameter

    64 mm

    obverse_description

    The obverse shows a lifesaving scene. A man is standing in a boat, a coil of rope under his left arm, he directs oarsmen with his right hand to pull for the wreck of the Metis.

    reverse_description

    'BY RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS, FEBRUARY 24, 1873. With the inscription 'TO [blank] FOR COURAGE AND HUMANITY IN THE SAVING OF LIFE FROM THE WRECK OF THE STEAMER "METIS" ON LONG ISLAND SOUND

    subject_matter

    LIfesaving Medals

    notes

    Congressional medal was authorized February 24, 1873 to be presented to the Captain and 9 others for their rescue of 32 persons. The original medal was designed by William & Charles E. Barber.

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