Medal with Ties to Washington and Lafayette Sells for $5.3 Mil

March 2008
Military History;Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p12
The article reports that a medal which has been presented to U.S. President George Washington by the Society of the Cincinnati and to Major Pierre L'Enfant was consigned to Sotheby's auction house in Manhattan. L'Enfant, who would later plan the city of Washington, D.C., designed the society's gold medal, borrowing the central symbol of the bald eagle from the Great Seal of the United States. On December 12, after an 11-minute bidding war, it sold for an impressive $5.3 million.


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