Medal struck in honor of General Gates and his army. On the reverse side, Burgoyne is represented in the attitude of delivering up his sword; and in the background, on either side of them, are seen the two armies of England and America, the former laying down their arms. At the top is the latin enscription, Salus Regionum Septentrional; literal English, Safety of the northern region or department. Below is the inscription, Hoste ad Saratogum in Dedition, Accepto Die XVII. Oct., MDCCLXXVII; English, Enemy at Saratoga surrendered October 17th, 1777.