USS Constitution Museum press release offers a limited-edition
copper medal struck from copper sheets removed from the
Constitution's hull during its current restoration. The frigate
was launched in 1797 and is still commissioned by the U.S. Navy.
On October 21, USS Constitution celebrated her 219th birthday
and to commemorate this milestone the USS
Constitution Museum issues a limited edition copper medallion.
“We created a beautiful medallion that honors the courage and
commitment of all who serve our nation,” said USS Constitution Museum
president Anne Grimes Rand.
“Old Ironsides” is presently under restoration in dry dock — her
first in the 21st century—just steps outside the Museum’s doors.
Visitors to the Charlestown Navy Yard and Museum can view USS
Constitution’s bare hull and sign a copper sheet that will replace
those removed. “We offer many opportunities for visitors to be a part
of history,” said Rand. “And now they can own a piece of it!”
As USS Constitution is the epitome of American-made, so too
is this medallion. Rand said, “It is a wonderful gift for patriotic
Americans.” The medallions were struck in July by Salvadore Tool & Findings, Inc., located in
Providence, Rhode Island, using the removed sheets of copper recycled
by the USS Constitution Museum.
The obverse of the medallion depicts USS Constitution under
full sail encircled by the words “USS CONSTITUTION” and “OLD
IRONSIDES.” The image is taken from an oil painting by Marshall
Johnson (1850-1921), owned by the USS Constitution Museum.
A decorative officer’s button inspired the medallion's reverse.
Currently part of the Museum's collection, the original gilt brass
button was authorized by the Navy's uniform regulations of 1802 and
depicts an American bald eagle and anchor. The Museum embellished the
image with legends stating the core values of the United States Navy:
HONOR, COURAGE, and COMMITMENT.
The USS Constitution Collector’s Medallion is a limited edition of
6,000 pieces; each text card included with the medallion details the
elements of the piece and is appropriately numbered. This is the first
medallion to be struck out of a set of three scheduled to be released.
At an introductory price of $39.95, each medallion measures 1.52
inches in diameter and weighs approximately 20 grams. They are sealed
in an acrylic holder and presented in a handsome box featuring the
The medallion is made exclusively for and under the oversight of the
USS Constitution Museum. To purchase, visit http://store.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/. All
proceeds will support the Museum’s mission to serve as the memory and
educational voice of USS Constitution.
About the USS Constitution Museum
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the USS Constitution Museum serves
as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting,
preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those
associated with her. Welcoming over 400,000 visitors each year, this
award-winning, educational institution provides a hands-on, minds-on
environment where inter-generational groups seeking an enjoyable,
educational experience can have fun while learning and exploring
history together. The USS Constitution Museum strives to educate and
engage a global audience through scholarship and innovative exhibits
to share the legacy of USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State.
For more information, visit www.usscm.org.