100672 | UNITED STATES & SWITZERLAND. Ulysses S. Grant bronze Medal.

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    100672 | UNITED STATES. Ulysses S. Grant bronze Medal. Issued 1868. Commemorating the Commanding General of the United States Army (60mm, 128.86 g, 12h). By H. Bovy in Geneva.

     

    GENERAL U. S. GRANT, uniformed bust left / I INTEND TO FIGHT IT OUT ON THIS LINE IF IT TAKES ALL SUMMER, PATIENT OF TOIL, / SERENE AMIDST ALARMS / INFLEXIBLE IN FAITH / INVINCIBLE IN ARMS in four lines. Edge: H BOV.

     

    Stack's [Coin Galleries] April 2005, lot 717; CNG E-Auction 282, lot 593. Mint State. Brown surfaces, with some hints of red and deep purple; a few light marks. A fairly scarce issue from this popular Swiss engraver.

     

    The peripheral quote on the reverse is taken from a famous telegram sent by Grant to President Lincoln in 1864, during the advance toward Richmond. The central lines on the reverse are taken from Book i, Stanza 11 of The Minstrel; or, The Progress of Genius, a 1771 work by professor James Beattie, a Scottish scholar and writer.

     

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