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United States, Jefferson Indian Peace Medal, 1801

U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Obverse engraver:
Scot, Robert
Reverse engraver:
Scot, Robert
Physical Description:
struck (overall production method)
silver (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
overall: 10.15 cm; 4 in
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Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
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.
Coins, Currency and Medals
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Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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Gift Fund: Lookout Family
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
American Stories
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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