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George Mifflin Bache


Born in Philadelphia, great grandson of Benjamin Franklin. He entered the Navy January 1, 1825, and was promoted to lieutenant March 3, 1835. He was assigned to the coast survey.

Lieutenant Bache and ten sailors were swept overboard off the Brig Washington during a hurricane. They were doing coast survey work off North Carolina. In 1848 Professor Alexander Dallas Bache, (1806-1867) head of the U. S. Coast Survey, commissioned a mint medal (Julian LS-4) to commemorate the event. Alexander was also a great grandson of Franklin. Six silver medals were produced. Bronze medals were sold to the public beginning in 1861.

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Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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