Commemorative Monroe Indian peace medal, ca. 1840

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Starting with George Washington, US presidents offered peace medals to Native leaders.

Like silver trade brooches before them, the medals were a symbol of commitment to furthering peace and diplomacy between the United States and sovereign Nations. Recipients often perforated the medals, and wore them around the neck.

The US Mint released bronze restrikes of the 1817 Monroe presidential peace medals, like this one, in 1840.

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About This Item

  • Title: Commemorative Monroe Indian peace medal, ca. 1840
  • Creator: Moritz Furst
  • Creation Date: 1840
  • Subject Date: 1817
  • Location: USA
  • Media: Bronze
  • Dimensions: 5.1 cm x 5.1 cm
  • Local Code: BM77
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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