Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Artist:
Moritz Furst, Mar 1782 - after 1841  Search this
John Reich, 1768 - 1833  Search this
Sitter:
Andrew Jackson, 15 Mar 1767 - 8 Jun 1845  Search this
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Diameter: 7.6cm (3")
Type:
Medal
Date:
1831-32; medal is inscribed 1829
Exhibition Label:
Born in the Waxhaw Settlement, South Carolina
Beginning with George Washington’s administration, presidential portrait medals were created to promote peace and friendship between Euro-Americans and Native Americans. Typically manufactured at the U.S. Mint, these “peace medals” were most often given to Native American representatives during treaty negotiations. While some of the original intentions may have been good-willed, a number of government policies, particularly Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act, undermined the purpose of these medals.
Nacido en el Asentamiento de Waxhaw, Carolina del Sur
A partir de la administración de George Washington se comenzó la creación de medallas con retratos presidenciales para promover la paz y la amistad entre los estadounidenses de extracción europea y los nativos americanos. Producidas normalmente por la Casa de la Moneda de Estados Unidos, estas “medallas de paz” se obsequiaban por lo general a representantes indígenas durante la negociación de tratados. Aunque las intenciones originales fueran quizás benevolentes, varias de las políticas gubernamentales, sobre todo el Traslado Forzoso de los Indios promulgado por Andrew Jackson,
contradecían el propósito de estas medallas.
Topic:
Medal\Peace medal  Search this
Andrew Jackson: Male  Search this
Andrew Jackson: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Andrew Jackson: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\General  Search this
Andrew Jackson: Politics and Government\US Senator\Tennessee  Search this
Andrew Jackson: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Andrew Jackson: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Tennessee  Search this
Andrew Jackson: Law and Law Enforcement\Judge\Justice\State Supreme Court Justice\Tennessee  Search this
Andrew Jackson: Politics and Government\Governor\Florida  Search this
Andrew Jackson: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Betty A. and Lloyd G. Schermer
Object number:
NPG.99.112
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 240
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4bbc0c144-bc87-40b6-95aa-6e254fe37598
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.99.112