George Washington

dated 1776
Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819), After Jean-Antoine Houdon (French, 1741–1828)


Mint: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Loubat 1; Betts 542; Julian MI-1

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 70 mm, 167.0 gm (2 3/4 in., 5.89 oz.)

Accession Number

17.204

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Kristin and Roger Servison Gallery (Gallery 133)

Collections

Americas, Europe

Classifications

Medals

Obv: GEORGIO WASHINGTON SVPREMO DVCI EXERCITVVM ADSERTORI LIBERTATIS / COMITIA AMERICANA in exergue, around a bust facing right. Signed DV VIVIER / PARIS. F. below the shoulder.
Rev: HOSTIBUS PRIMO FUGATIS / in exergue: BOSTONIUM RECUPERATUM / XVII MARTII / MDCCLXXVI
Edge: plain
Struck with the first obverse die (there is an accretion at about 7 o’clock) and the first reverse die (1A) which shows four legs under the horse, has the perfectly round “O”s and the correct roman numeral date. There are no signs of die rust on the obverse so it is an early strike.

Provenance

Samuel Abbott Green, Boston, by March 1866; to the MFA, February 1917, gift of Samuel Abbott Green.

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Samuel Abbott Green