This is the eighth and final installment in a series of articles
dedicated to congressional gold medals struck by the U.S. Mint:
Zachary Taylor holds the distinction of being
the only individual awarded three congressional gold medals that
recognize his military exploits on the battlefield, all citing his
accomplishments during the War with Mexico.
Maj. Gen. Zachary Taylor, future 12th president
of the United States was awarded his first congressional gold medal in
July 16, 1846, legislation, recognizing distinguished achievements in
operations on the Rio Grande; another in March 2, 1847,
legislation, for distinguished military operations at Monterey; and the third in May 9, 1848,
legislation recognizing his actions in the Battle of Buena Vista, during which Taylor led
in defeating the Mexican Army under Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna.
On the secondary market or at auction, collectors may encounter
examples in silver or bronze composition of each of the three medals,
examples of which are illustrated.
Current bronze duplicates of the 3-inch gold medals are available in
1.5-inch and 3-inch sizes from the U.S. Mint’s website at http://catalog.usmint.gov/shop/medals/?_ga=1.186880939.2035841651.1400013284.
Most of the bills authorizing the gold medals give the Mint authority
to strike the collector versions of the medals.
A complete cumulative listing of the medals authorized as well as
the recipients can be found at http://history.house.gov/Institution/Gold-Medal/Gold-Medal-Recipients/.
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