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1996 George Washington's 16-Sided Barn
Many people do not know that, in his day, George Washington was known as the "first farmer of America." His public feats as general and president overshadowed his agricultural accomplishments. His creative design for a "round" barn in which horses could tread wheat indoors is represented in this ornament of 24-karat gold-finished brass. The barn itself is a medallion that dangles as three-dimensional farm animals march around the border. The ornament is a fitting image for George Washington: Pioneer Farmer, who set out to transform his Mount Vernon plantation into a model of progressive agriculture.