British Numismatic Society Secretary
Peter Preston-Morley writes:
"Our Society's annual meeting at NYINC will take place in the Morgan Suite at the InterContinental New York Barclay, on E 48th Street, on Saturday January 15th, at 4 PM.
I'm very pleased to say that our speaker will be John Kraljevich, one of America's leading professional numismatists, who won't need any introduction to most of your readership. His talk is entitled We owe allegiance to no crown: the War of 1812 in American and British medals.
"The meeting will be chaired by Robert Hoge, Curator Emeritus at the American Numismatic Society. All are welcome, and you don't have to be a member of the Society to attend."
Here's a summary of John's planned talk.
Canadians celebrate it. Indigenous people curse its memory. Americans forgot about it. And the British, having burned down the White House, are just amused by it! The War of 1812 represented an inflection point in the history of North America, a multi-front war that tested the promise and wisdom of the adolescent American experiment. Though little more than a draw militarily, the survival of the United States represented a substantial victory for the new nation.
The United States government celebrated their fortune with more official medal types for this three-year conflict than any other war, including the American Revolution. This lecture will examine the American military and naval medals issued during the War of 1812, British-issued commemorative and campaign medals related to the war, and medals that fit into the often-overlooked Anglo-native conflict that underscored the entire episode.
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