This is an original authentic George Washington Indian Peace Medal dated 1789 and struck in circa 1904 to 1910. The piece was struck in bronze at the U.S. Mint in a size of 76mm. The lot shows an original turn of the Century medal presentation collar with red center, embroidered metal thread stars and braided metal long fringed tassels. The presentation collar is accented by carved horn concho beads having trade bead and horse hair drops, these drops are thought to be a much more contemporary addition. These were made by the Mint when it became embarrassingly clear that there were no round Washington Indian Peace medals available to complete the entire set. The dies were cut early in the past century and the first striking was in silver and a bronze with the later striking being again in a bronze finish with lathe finishing lines on their edge. Provenance: From a large Native American artifacts and weapons collection in Paola, Kansas. Literature: The exact same strike Washington Peace Medal dated 1789 is shown on page 69; Plate 19; Figure 64 in the book, “Indian Peace Medals / Issued in the United States” by Bauman L. Belden and published by N. Flayderman & Co. Also mentioned along with an illustration in the book, “Indian Peace Medals in American History” by Francis Paul Prucha from the Oklahoma Press on page 138; figure 60. The medal used the bust of Washington from the Evacuation of Boston Medal designed by Jean-Simon Duvivier in 1786, with the standard inscription of the presidential medals, “GEORGE WASHINGTON PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1789”, and the early peace medals reverse with the clasped hands and the words, “PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP” along with a cross pipe tomahawk and peace pipe. The piece measures 76mm or approximately 3 inches. An example stuck in Bronze sold at the Early American History Auctions 8/29/2004 sale for $2,000. The medal shows a dark patina, but has a fine strike area with smooth background and crisp details, as should be seen on an early example. The outside edge is void of any visible lathe marks, making this an original circa 1904-1910 striking. The entire ensemble measures 21”L x 12”W.
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