USA PENNSYLVANIA bronze medal Washington at Prayer (1967)


USA, PENNSYLVANIA, medal, no date (1967), Obverse: Washington kneeling praying R, GEORGE WASHINGTON AT PRAYER FREEDOM’S FOUNDATION AT VALLEY FORGE, Reverse: male face facing in 2 circles of rays, GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA VIRTUTE SILENCI AMORE, Edge: plain, MEDALLIC ART CO., N.Y. stamped 4 times, 3 of them with additional BRONZE, yellow bronze, 77mm, 230.8g, Unc

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This medal commemorates the dedication of the depicted statue at Valley Forge in 1967. It was commissioned by the Freedoms Foundation and funded by Masons coordinated by the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.