United States Independence - The Battle of Cowpens

The Battle of Cowpens, in South Carolina, took place on 17 January 1781. It was a crushing triumph for the American forces against the British. This first military success, which led to the victory at Yorktown and the American Declaration of Independence, was the subject of three very rare commemorative medals decided by Congress.

Emblematic coins

To produce these coins, the engraving workshop used a resin casting from the original medal. The obverse depicts the full-length figure of Daniel Morgan preparing to be crowned by an Indian queen, an allegory of America; a female figure wearing a short breastplate and a feathered headdress. The reverse shows the General-in-Chief leading the charge on horseback, followed by his troops on foot and overthrowing the fleeing English adversary. It is signed by the engraver Augustin Dupré, who was the general engraver of the Monnaie de Paris at the time.