Washington’s ultimate success as the American commander in chief, however, never stemmed from his military abilities. He was never a traditional military hero. He had no smashing, stunning victories, and his tactical and strategic maneuvers were never the sort that awed men. Instead, it was his character and political talent and judgement that mattered most. His stoicism, dignity, and perseverance in the face of seemingly impossible odds came to symbolize the entire Revolutionary cause.
Issued by Continental Congress
This coin, one of four 1776 Continental Currency dollars struck in silver, realized $1.41 million on 16 May 2014 when it was auctioned by Heritage
The American Revolution: A History (2002)