Presentation Medal of George Gordon Meade - Rare bronze medal presented by the Union League of Philadelphia in 1866 commemorating Meade's victory at Gettysburg in 1863. Measuring 3 1/8" in diameter, the obverse displays a profile bust portrait and tracing the edge are the words, "Presented July 4, 1866 to Major Gen'l George G. Meade by The Union League of Philadelphia As A Token Of The Gratitude Of His Countrymen." "Paquet F." appears at the lower left portrait. The reverse depicts an allegorical tableau of the general receiving laurels from Columbia with the text, "The Victor At Gettysburg, The Deliverer Of Our State, The Faithful Soldier Of Our Country" around the perimeter and "July 1863" beneath the image. This is one of only a dozen medals which were given to attending dignitaries. Meade himself was presented the same medal in gold while his immediate family received silver medals. This medal sold for $10,000 in the 2002 Meade auction at Alderfer's.
Inventory Number: POL 017