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Medal - Indian Peace Medal, President James K. Polk, United States of America, 1845 Reg. No: NU 36532
- Indian Peace Medal issued by President James K Polk, United States of America, 1845. This medal is a copper strike presented to the Museum by the US Government pre-1924, possibly at an International Exhibition. Peace medals played a significant role in relations between the United States government and the Native American population.
Following the British and French practice of handing out silver medals to tribal chiefs, George Washington began a policy of presenting peace medals to American Indian leaders at treaty signings and other formal ceremonies. Every subsequent American president from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Harrison is represented on an Indian peace medal, with the exception of William Henry Harrison. The medals were often produced in different sizes according to the rank of the recipients.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
|Dimensions:||62 mm (Diameter)|
|Tagged with:||indigenous peoples, peace, indigenous issues, native americans, indian peace medals|
|Themes this item is part of:||Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Obverse Description:||A draped bust of the President facing right; around, JAMES K POLK PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1845|
|Reverse Description:||The hands of a military officer and an Indian chief clasped; above, crossed war axe and pipe; legend, divided by images, PEACE / AND / FRIENDSHIP|
|Edge Description:||The edge is plain|
|Issued By:||United States of America, 1845|
|Person Depicted:||President James Polk - United States Government, United States of America, 1845|