Lot of 2 commemorative medals, 31.75 mm. dia., presented by the state of New Jersey and struck by Hayes Bros. Co., ca first quarter 20th century. Bar obverse features state seal of New Jersey flanked by dates "1861" and "1865," reverse stamped with Hayes Bros. Co. mark. Obverse with depiction of a soldier standing in front of a cannon and American flag, holding a long rifle in his hands, surrounded by legend reading, "READY TO DIE FOR THE HONOR OF OUR COUNTRY." Reverse with legend that reads, "PRESENTED BY THE STATE OF / NEW JERSEY / TO / VETERAN / OF THE UNION FORCES / IN THE / CIVIL WAR / 1861-1865." Reverse of first medal is numbered "51," and although it lacks the recipient's name, accompanying documentation from the New Jersey Department of Education states that Medal No. 51 was issued to Joseph B. Manghan, who served with Co. C, 10th NJ Regiment, and Co. K, 21st NJ Regiment. Manghan enlisted in September 1862 as a private and was promoted to corporal in February 1863. He mustered out June 1865 at Trenton, NJ.
The second medal is numbered "1153" and is presented to "John H. Schamp Co. E 31st Reg." on reverse side. Accompanying documentation from the state of New Jersey confirms that this medal was presented to Schamp/Schomp (as spelled in HDS), who enlisted in September 1862 as a private with Co. E, 31st NJ Regiment, serving though June 1863 when he mustered out at Flemington, NJ.
Overall good condition. Some darkening to each medal.
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