Lot of 2 commemorative medals presented by the state of New Jersey, the first, 31.75 mm. dia., 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, number "987," and "Co K / 12th Regt. / NJ. Vols." 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 / GEOR[G]E MCHENRY / VETERAN / OF THE UNION FORCES / IN THE / CIVIL WAR / 1861-1865." Accompanying documentation from the New Jersey Department of Education states that Medal No. 987 was issued to George McHenry, who mustered in September 1862 as a private with Co. K, 12th NJ Regiment, was promoted to corporal February 1865, and mustered out in June 1865 at Munson's Hill, VA.
Second medal, 41.3 mm. dia., obverse with American eagle above the New Jersey coat of arms and legend, "A FIRST DEFENDER 1861." Reverse with legend that reads, "THE STATE OF / NEW JERSEY / TO / JAMES W. HUGHES, / A MEMBER OF THE / NJ BRIGADE, / MILITIA, / FOR PROMPT & LOYAL SERVICE / 1861." Hughes enlisted as a private in April 1861 and mustered in to Co. C, 1st NJ Regiment. Three months later, he mustered out at Newark, NJ.
Some tarnish on surface of McHenry medal. Some light wear to rim of each medal.
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