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U. S. Grant presidential medal / United States

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A U. S. Grant silver medal. The front has the bust of President Grant and the words, “U. S. Grant President of the United States.” The back features the words, “Liberty the True Foundation of Human Government. Let Us Have Peace.” Medal series of the U.S. Mint.

The Grant medal was designed by the President’s cabinet rather than engraver, Anthony C. Paquet. The portrait of Grant is surrounded by a laurel leaf crown that symbolizes victory. New phrases, “let us have peace” and “Liberty, Justice and Equality” as well as the olive branch and peace pipe are multiple references to peace that may reflect the wishes of post-Civil War America rather than tribal relations.

The reverse image is ringed by 36 stars, the number of states in the reunited Union. An image of the world is crowned by an open bible positioned over a variety of agricultural tools. The biblical quote, “On earth peace – good will toward men” also highlights the desire for peace and reconciliation. President

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Title(s): 
U. S. Grant presidential medal
Culture: 
United States
Date: 
late 19th century
Period: 
Historic
Materials/Techniques: 
silver
Classification: 
Accession No: 
65.60
Previous Number(s): 
6526.60; 65.60
Department: 
Not On View

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