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United States, Jefferson Indian Peace Medal, 1801

Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Obverse engraver:
Scot, Robert
Reverse engraver:
Scot, Robert
Physical Description:
struck (overall production method)
silver (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
Measurements:
overall: dia. 101.5 mm; wt. 140.052 g
Object Name:
medal
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1801
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
Publication title:
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm
Credit Line:
Gift Fund: Lookout Family
ID Number:
1990.0466.0001
Catalog number:
1990.0466.0001
Accession number:
1990.0466
Description:
United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Bust of Thomas Jefferson facing left. Reverse: Clasped hands, crossed peace pipe and hatchet above; PEACE/AND/FRIENDSHIP. This medal is hollow, consisting of two thin, embossed silver plates, one for each side of the medal. The two were held together by a silver ring, running around the entire circumference of the piece. The medal was created in this fashion because the United States Mint lacked a coining press strong enough to strike heavy, solid medals. This medal accompanied Lewis and Clark on their epochal journey West.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Political History: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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