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George III peace medal / American Colonial

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A King George III medal. The front features a bust of King George and the words, “Georguis III Dei Gratia.” The back is decorated with a town scene and a lion.

Indian warriors were recruited by the American and British in the War of 1812. This large, well designed medal showing the “old head” of King George III was struck in great quantity near the end of the war and was given to many warriors, not just chiefs.

Silver peace medals were given to influential Native Americans as a symbol of friendship and allegiance with the United States government or foreign power. Medals were given on important occasions, like the signing of a treaty, and then only to very influential members of the tribe. The medals held even greater importance than normal during times of war or tension, particularly between the US and Great Britain. The countries would compete for the loyalty and friendship of the tribes, and a chief trading in British medal for a US one signified a change in loyalty (Pruc

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Title(s): 
George III peace medal
Culture: 
American Colonial
Date: 
1700s
Period: 
American Colonial
Place: 
England
Materials/Techniques: 
silver
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
65.13
Department: 
Not On View

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