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John Quincy Adams peace medal, 2nd size / United States

Essay/Description

No peace medals were struck during the presidency of John Quincy Adams. Seasons Medals from the previous Washington administration may have been used. Sometime between 1814 and 1839, a portrait die of John Quincy Adams was made by Moritz Furst. This die was sold to a private collector but was repurchased by the Mint in 1878.

This medal, like all other John Quincy Adams medals, is a re-strike made primarily for the collector market. Copper examples of this size (62mm.) were made between 1861 and about 1892.

Silver peace medals were given to influential Native Americans as a symbol of friendship and allegiance with the United States government. 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 ch

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Title(s): 
John Quincy Adams peace medal, 2nd size
Culture: 
United States
Date: 
circa 1825
Period: 
Historic
Materials/Techniques: 
silver
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
65.49
Department: 
Not On View

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