1779 Silver Col. Coyne Nugent Reward of Merit, c. 1779 engraved medal, one side with "REWARD/of/Merit/1779/Coln/Coyne Nugent" surrounded by decorative scrollwork, the opposite side with a rampant lion holding a sword and document surrounded by "LIBERTAS PATRIAE FINEA/INDEPENDENTS," the edge decorated with engraved line, dot, and dart pattern, holed with suspension loop, dia. 50.9 mm.
Provenance: Edward Charol Collection to Nicholas A. Penachio.
Literature: Illustrated in George C. Neumann and Frank J. Kravic, Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution (Rebel Publishing: Texarkana, TX, 1992),p. 98.
Note: Coyne Nugent was Colonel of the Irish Volunteer Corps, Finea Independents of County Westmeath, Ireland, formed May 1, 1779 (Miscellaneous Works of the Right Honorable Henry Grattan, London, 1822, p. 134).
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