Numismatics
Honorand: George Washington, American, 1732–1799, LL.D. 1822
Designer: Voltaire, French, 1694–1778
Designer: Benjamin Franklin, American, 1706–1790, M.A. (HON.) 1753

Bronze medal of George Washington as General of the Continental Army (“Voltaire Medal”)

1778

Bronze

32.55 g, 12:00, 40.5 mm
Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001, Bequest of the Charles Wyllys Betts, B.A. 1867, M.A. 1871, Collection
2001.87.2905
Culture: 
French
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Numismatics
Geography: 
Made in France
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Charles Wyllys Betts, to about 1887; Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn., from about 1887 to 2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

William S. Baker, Medallic Portraits of Washington, 2nd (Philadelphia: Robert M. Lindsay, 1885), 47, no. 74.

Charles Wyllys Betts, American Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals, 1964 reprint (New York: Scott Stamp and Coin Company, 1964), 245, no. 544.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.