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Medal - Indian Peace Medal, President Ulysses S. Grant, United States of America, 1871 Reg. No: NU 36581
- Indian Peace Medal issued by President Ulysses S. Grant, United States of America, 1871. 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:||64 mm (Diameter)|
|Tagged with:||indigenous peoples, peace, indigenous issues, native americans, indian peace medals, metal y balor|
|Themes this item is part of:||Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Obverse Description:||A draped bust of the President facing right above an Indian peace pipe and olive branch; around, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / "LET US HAVE PEACE" LIBERTY JUSTICE EQUALITY.|
|Reverse Description:||The globe set before the HOLY BIBLY and among agricultural tools above the date, 1871; around, ON EARTH PEACE GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN; around all, stars on wide rim|
|Edge Description:||The edge is plain|
|Issued By:||United States of America, 1871|
|Person Depicted:||President Ulysses Grant - United States Government, United States of America, 1871|