City of New York Mexican War medal in silver, 52 mm. dia., 63.5 g, designed by Paul Duggan, Jr., and struck by Charles C. Wright, 1848. Obverse with the city coat of arms and the marginal inscription "Presented by the City of New York, to the NY Regiment of Volunteers in Mexico." The recipient’s name is engraved above, and his company’s number below the coat of arms: "C. Lawrence Strobill, Wounded at Chapultepec / Co. D." Reverse shows a female figure surrounded by stars, representing the genius of America. Her left foot rests upon a cactus while the Mexican serpent is lying flat beneath the American eagle. The walled city of Vera Cruz and American ships in the harbor are depicted in the background. The scene is surrounded by the four main battles of the war, "Vera Cruz / Cerro Gordo / Chapultepec / Cherubusco."
The Common Council of New York City adopted a resolution in 1847 ordering medals to be struck and presented to the surviving members of the 1st Regiment, New York Volunteers for their services in the Mexican War. It is believed that only around 400 of these medals were presented.
Piece would rate almost uncirculated, uncleaned with beautiful toning.
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