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Imitation George Washington peace medal / United States

Essay/Description

An imitation George Washington peace medal. The front has a bust of President Washington and is inscribed with the words, “George Washington, the Father of our Country, 1789. The back is decorated with two hands shaking and the words, “Friendship,” and “The Pipe of Peace.” The medal is not made of silver like other presidential medals, and the art work is very rough when compared to other medals.

This medal provides a puzzle for modern coin/medal historians. This is not an official federal peace medals. Yet, they are well designed and well made. They are made of white medal, a tin alloy, rather than silver, copper or bronze.

Most likely they were made after 1875, although the medal is dated 1789. A possible explanation is that this medal was created by former Mint workers who then sold them to traders who exchanged them with Indians on the western Plains.

By the 1890s medals of this type are seen in photographs of chiefs and other men from tribes of the Plains, such as th

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Title(s): 
Imitation George Washington peace medal
Culture: 
United States
Date: 
circa 1900
Period: 
Historic
Materials/Techniques: 
pewter
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
65.4
Previous Number(s): 
6526.4; 65.4
Department: 
Not On View

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