This is an original authentic George Washington Indian Peace Medal dated 1789 and struck in circa 1904. The piece was struck in silver at the U.S. Mint in circa 1904 in a size of 76mm. 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 yellow bronze with the later striking being in a lighter bronze finish with lathe finishing lines on their edge. Early silver strikes, such as this example, are quite rare. Provenance: From the Historical Native American Artifacts and Weapons private museum collection in Paris, France. The medal was authenticated by renowned French numismatic expert Françoise Berthelot-Vinchon. A nearly exact example of the George Washington Peace Medal was sold at the 10/17/2006 sale in New York by Stack’s (now Stack’s Bowers Galleries) at lot 179 for $1,500. 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 and weighs 3,500 grams. These medals done in solid silver are increasingly scarce with very few known to trade on the open market. An example stuck in Bronze sold at the Early American History Auctions 8/29/2004 sale for $2,000.
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