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Battle of Rhode Island Association Announces Release of 4th Commemorative Coin

The Battle of Rhode Island Association (BoRIA) is proud to announce the release of our 4th Commemorative Coin. Working with Signature Coins of Winter Park, Florida, the two-inch diameter coin features the likeness of General James Mitchell Varnum. Varnum, a participant in the Battle of Rhode Island, was commissioned by the Rhode Island General Assembly as a Colonel of the First Regiment of Infantry. He was then commissioned as a Brigadier General in the Continental Army and went on to become one of George Washington’s most trusted officers, serving from 1777 to 1779. The other side has the BoRIA logo.

General Varnum’s legacy extends beyond military tactics to include significant contributions to social change within the army. He was a strong advocate for the enlistment of freed African American slaves, a stance instrumental in the reorganization of the Rhode Island First Regiment as a racially integrated unit in 1778. This progressive move was a landmark in American military history, reflecting Varnum’s commitment to inclusivity and equality. His critical views on military organization, influenced by his association with Major General Charles Lee and critiques of Baron Von Steuben’s role as Inspector General, underscore his dedication to improving the Continental Army. This coin is a tribute not just to Varnum’s military prowess, but also to his visionary ideals and enduring influence on the ethos of American military service.

Future coins will keep the BoRIA logo while the reverse side will feature different Revolutionary War topics in Rhode Island. The series will continue through 2028 with 4 coins issued each year. The design was done by BoRIA’s Graphics Advisor Ms. Maureen Daniels, a native of Portsmouth, RI. Ms. Daniels grew up near Butts Hill Fort and is thrilled to be able to raise awareness of the Fort’s importance in the Revolutionary War. She has worked closely with us since our inception, no comma on all of our publications and graphics.

To order your coin visit The cost for one coin is $25 which includes shipping by USPS First Class Mail. Shipping will be combined for multiple coin purchases. Coin orders will be processed in the order they are received within 1-2 days of receipt. Or you can send a check to “BoRIA” at our PO Box listed below.

The Battle of Rhode Island Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to raising awareness of Rhode Island’s role in the War for Independence. Donations may be made payable to “BoRIA” at PO Box 626, Portsmouth, RI 02871.

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