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Thomas Jefferson peace medal / United States

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Genuine peace medals of Thomas Jefferson may be the most famous peace medals of all times. Made in three sizes - 2 inch, 3 inch and 4 inch diameters - Jefferson medals were carried in quantity by Lewis & Clark on their epic exploration of the American West in 1804-06. The largest medals were given to the most important chiefs, the middle size medals were given to secondary chiefs and small ones were given to important warriors.

Director of the US Mint, Elias Boudinot and engraver, Robert Scot were asked to make a suitable peace medal shortly after Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration in 1801.
The Jefferson medals used a die to stamp the obverse and reverse designs on separate thin round plates of silver. The two plates were brazed together and then banded with a silver collar. A suspension ring was soldered on the rim above Jefferson’s head. These medals were large but light in weight compared to solid silver medals.
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Title(s): 
Thomas Jefferson peace medal
Culture: 
United States
Date: 
circa 1801
Period: 
Historic
Materials/Techniques: 
silver
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
65.17
Department: 
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