101538 | UNITED STATES. Massachusetts. G.A.R. Fair white metal Medal.
101538 | UNITED STATES. Massachusetts. Grand Army of the Republic Fair white metal Medal. Issued 1884 for the fair held in Pittsfield 22–27 September 1884 (31mm, 8.67 g, 12h).
Motto of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Native American with bow and arrow; star to left; all within shield; hand wielding sword above; banner around reading ENSE PETIT PLACIDAM SUB LIBERTATE QUIETEM; all within serrated and rosette border / FAIR / W. W. ROCKWELL POST / No 125 / G.A.R. / PITTSFIELD / MASS. / SEPT 22–27, 1884 in seven lines. Edge: Plain.
Gem Mint State. Highly brilliant and slightly prooflike. A fairly scarce and highly attractive GAR medal.
Founded in 1866, one year after the Civil War, the Grand Army of the Republic was an organization for veterans who had served in the war and acted as a way in which vets could associate with and advocate for others and their causes. It was dissolved in 1956 upon the death of its last surviving member of the Civil War, some nine decades following the war's conclusion.
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