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King George II silver peace medal / European

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A King George II silver medal. On the front, a bust of the king and the inscription, “Georgius II Dei Gratia.” On the back, two figures and the inscription, “Let us look to the most high who blessed our fathers with peace.”

George II medals show him in a Roman style tunic with armor, a lion’s head on the shoulder. The reverse image depicts a colonist, presumably a Quaker and an Indian sitting around the campfire sharing a peace pipe.

This medal was made to commemorate the Treaty of Easton(1757-1758). The Society of Friends (Quakers) in Philadelphia commissioned Edward Duffield to make the dies for the medal. Mexican 8 real silver coins were over struck with the new design.

This medal was made in silver by the US Mint before 1875. It has a die crack that runs horizontally across the middle part of the medal. Dies to make medals and coins were so difficult to make, even damaged ones were used.

Silver peace medals were given to influential Native Americans as a symbol of f

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Title(s): 
King George II silver peace medal
Culture: 
European
Date: 
1757
Period: 
American Colonial
Place: 
England
Materials/Techniques: 
silver
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
65.19
Previous Number(s): 
6576.19; 65.1
Department: 
Not On View

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