The congressional gold medal presented to future President William Henry Harrison for his military leadership at the Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812 is being offered for sale by the Raab Collection from Philadelphia.
The asking price for the medal is $225,000, according to Nathan Raab, president of the Raab Collection.
Harrison’s descendants, in whose possession the 65-millimeter medal has been passed down over the past 192 years, recently sold the medal directly to the Raab Collection. Raab said he did not know why the heirs decided to relinquish possession of the medal.
The Harrison medal contains approximately 350 grams of pure gold, alloyed with copper and silver, Raab said.
Maj. Gen. Harrison was formally presented the medal by the fifth president of the United States, James Madison.
Harrison would eventually be elected as the nation’s ninth president, but only served one month in office in 1841. Harrison died of pneumonia April 4, 1841, following an illness worsened by his March 4 delivery of a 105-minute long inaugural address.
The Harrison gold medal was congressionally authorized on April 4, 1818.
Harrison’s medal was authorized under the same statute as that authorizing a congressional gold medal for Gov. Isaac Shelby.
While governor of the state of Kentucky, Shelby personally led the Kentucky militia in the Battle of the Thames.