A stunning jewel-encrusted medal owned and worn by George Washington has gone on display at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.
The exhibit marks only the fourth time that the priceless medal has been publicly displayed in the U.S.
The Diamond Eagle medal is the badge of office of the president general of the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded by Continental Army officers at the end of the Revolutionary War. The society, which takes its name from Cincinnatus, the general credited with saving the Roman republic, is the nation’s oldest patriotic organization and aims to preserve the memory of the American Revolution.
Commissioned by officers of the French Navy, the gold and silver medal is embedded with almost 200 diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The Diamond Eagle was presented to Washington in May 1784 at Philadelphia’s City Tavern near the current Museum of the American Revolution.