George Washington served in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. In 1781 British General Cornwallis surrenders to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia effectively ending the American Revolution. This made him a national hero and idol, and it was to such an extreme that he was virtually worshiped. Books were written on his life, engravers published pictures of him, and his likeness was set into snuffboxes, jewelry cases, and other fancy goods. In 1783, numerous tokens and pseudo coins were issued (for practical purposes), but this ceased in 1795, after official Federal coinage began circulating. He became the first president of the United States in 1788 and served 2 terms. The obverse has George facing left with GEORGE WASHINGTON PRESIDENT wrapped around his head and 1789 at the bottom. The reverse has an eagle with a shield on its chest and a snake in its mouth, holding an olive branch in one talon and a clutch of arrows in the other.
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