Obverse: bust facing right, legend around STEPHANUS DECATUR NAVARCHUS, PUGNIS /PLURIBUS, VICTOR (Naval captain Stephen Decatur, victor in many battles)
Reverse: two ships exchanging fire OCCIDIT SIGNUM HOSTILE SIDERA SURGUNT (the flag of the enemy falls, the stars rise), below INTER STA. UNI. NAV. AMERI. / ET MACEDO. NAV. ANG. DIE / XXV OCTOBRIS / MDCCCXII (between the America ship United States and the English ship Macedonian October 25, 1812)
|Opmerking kwaliteit||The bronze covering slightly speckled|
|Kwaliteit||Nearly extremely fine|
The reverse die was recast in 1881 and restrikes produced at the Mint with the signification REPRODUCTION 1881 underneath the ships. Decatur and his crew not only defeated the English ship Macedonian, they also brought the vessel safely back to the United States where it was refitted and commissioned in the American Navy, the only such ship captured and converted in the War.