Medal Washington before Boston (restrike) Engraver: Benjamin Duvivier (French, 1730–1819)
After: Jean-Antoine Houdon (French, 1741–1828)
Mint: Paris
Honorand: George Washington, American, 1732–1799, LL.D. 1781



On view, 1st floor, Numismatics




160.86 g, 12:00, 68 mm

Credit Line

Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001, Bequest of the Charles Wyllys Betts, B.A. 1867, M.A. 1871, Collection

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19th century after an 18th century original


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: GEORGIO WASHINGTON DVCI EXERCITVVM ADSERTORI LIBERTATIS around, COMITIA AMERICANA horizontally below. Undraped bust of Washington r., beneath which DU VIVIER / PARIS.F. in two lines.

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: HOSTIBUS PRIMO FUGATIS above, BOSTONIUM RECUPERATUM / XVII MARTII / MDCCLXXVI below exergual line. To l., on an eminence, Washington and his staff mounted; in the distance, the city of Boston being evacuated by the British, and in the middle ground American troops drawn up ready to take possession; to the right, a fort, and near it two cannon on one of which is inscribed DUVIV.


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

  • Charles Wyllys Betts, American Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals, 1964 reprint (New York: Scott Stamp and Coin Company, 1964), no. No. 542 or 543.
  • William S. Baker, Medallic Portraits of Washington, 2nd (Philadelphia: Robert M. Lindsay, 1885), 30, no. 48.

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"pointing hand" and CUIVRE on edge

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