This medal was chosen as the third special issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1976.
The obverse bears long-legged bumpkin on pony, playing flute as dog runs alongside, chicken fleeing at left. Three scrolls forming triangle around central image, YANKEE DOODLE / CAME TO TOWN / RIDING ON A PONY; below, signed with stylized JOV / 76 ©
The reverse bears tricorne with feather seen from above. Below, 1776 - 1976
The famous song was entitled "The Yankey's Return from Camp" when it was first published in 1778 and used to poke fun at the colonials. Soon it became a badge of honor among them and became so offensive to the British that General Gage complained "I hope I shall never hear that tune again." It is reported to have been played at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown.
This medal measures 73mm in diameter and was produced by the Medallic Art Company which struck 2,500 pieces in bronze and an unknown number in silver (500 were authorized).