Polish American Numism. Assoc. Gen. C. Pulaski Medal1979

This medal's obverse bears bust of Pulaski in cavalry uniform, facing left. Around, POLISH AMERICAN NUMISM. ASSOC. - 1779 GEN C PULASKI 1979

The reverse bears three-faced head over Polish coat of arms. Around, POLONUS PHILATELIC SOCIETY U.S.A. - IN POLISH PHILATELY SINCE 1939; signed to left of Polish eagle, LS KAWECKI

Casimir Pulaski is one of the great Polish-American heros of the American Revolutionary War. He was military leader of a Polish revold against Russian domination and, after the uprising's failure, was forced into American exile. He distinguished himself throughout the revolution, most notably when he saved the life of George Washington. Pulaski became a general in the Continental Army, created the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reformed the American cavalry as a whole. At the Battle of Savannah, while leading a daring charge against British forces, he was gravely wounded, and died shortly thereafter.

Issued by the Polish American Numismatic Association, this medal celebrates the 200th anniversary of Pulaski's death. It is beautifully executed by the undeservedly less well-known Kawecki. Maybe he did not become as famous as some contemporaries because he almost exclusively focused on Polish-American subject matter.

The circular medal measures 70mm in diameter and was struck in silver by the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, Connecticut.