Chris Neuzil (2021)
The earliest U.S. Congressional medals, from the Quasi-War with France through the War of 1812, are largely unfamiliar today, even in numismatic circles. They were a statement of sovereignty by the young Republic and a technological headache for the first Mint. This talk provides an overview of these early Congressional awards and discusses numbers struck and rarity, differences between original versions, restrikes, and copies, the difficulties encountered by the Mint in making them, and the questions that still surround them. Speaker: Chris Neuzil.