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King Louis XIV peace medal / European

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Louis XIV silver medal. The inscription on the front reads, “Ludovicus Magnus Rex Christianiss[imus],” and features a bust of Louis XIV. The back inscription reads, “Felicitas Domus Augustae,” and has four portraits.

The French did not create special medals for Indian peoples either in Canada or in the U.S. They used existing medals that might also have been given to French citizens who served the king. Medals were awarded to politically important chiefs and warriors who had distinguished themselves in battle. Medals were attached to “flame-coloured ribbon, four fingers in breadth, and the whole decoration is highly prized among them (the Indians)”.
The obverse of the medal depicts Louis XV, the Sun King. The reverse pictures the head of the Dauphin (the crown prince) and his three sons.

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Title(s): 
King Louis XIV peace medal
Culture: 
European
Date: 
1693-1713
Period: 
American Colonial
Place: 
France
Materials/Techniques: 
silver
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
65.54
Department: 
Not On View

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