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Columbia and Washington medal

Columbia and Washington medal Copper medal


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    [ This description is from the project: MHS 225th Anniversary ]

    Boston merchant Joseph Barrell commissioned this medal for the voyages of the Columbia and Lady Washington to the northwest coast of America in 1787, "the first American Adventure on the Pacific Ocean." Barrell presented the die-struck medal, the first issued after American Independence, to the brand-new Massachusetts Historical Society in 1791.