Bronze strike of the Congressional Medal awarded to Major General Peter B. Porter, by the United States of America, 1814. The medal was awarded for Porter's gallantry and good conduct during the Battle of Chippewa, the Battle of Niagara, and the Battle of Erie.
Since the American Revolution the United States Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Each medal honours a particular individual, institution, or event. Often off-metal strikes were later produced for artistic and commemorative purposes.
A draped bust of Porter; around, MAJOR GENERAL PETER B PORTER.
The reverse depicts the United States seated facing left writing scroll (box of scrolls behind her), winged Victory stands at left holding flags bearing the names of battles; around above, RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS NOVEMDER 3. 1814.; in exergue, BATTLE OF CHIPPEWA / JULY 5. 1814 / NIAGRA. JULY 25. 1814 / ERIE. SEP. 17. 1814. In small letters below, the artist's name, FURST F.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
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