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    1794 'Simcoe' Indian Peace Medal, Fine 15
    Jamieson-19, Lettered Edge

    1794-Dated Great Britain Peace Medal, Jamieson-19, Silver, Fine 15 NGC. Leroux-834, Breton-13. 32mm. Lettered edge inscribed MAY HE EVER REIGN IN THE HEARTS OF HIS PEOPLE. The status of these 1794 medals is uncertain. Melville Jamieson suggested the so-called Simcoe Indian peace medals may have been issued as replacements for medals ordered by the Governor of Upper Canada John Graves Simcoe in 1793. The medals originally ordered reportedly featured the Arms of Upper Canada, but no such pieces are known. While Laurence Brown writes in British Historical Medals that this issue "is in fact a token for a club in Leicester Street, London," John W. Adams states: "there is no reason why both authors can't be right. That Simcoe's original request was ignored suggests that London may have considered Indian medals to be a trifling matter, one indeed that could be satisfied by available club tokens as long as the devices were diplomatically correct." One way or another, Jamieson-19 is apparently scarce and has long been collected as part of the Canadian Indian peace medal series. Examples have appeared in the noted collections of W.H. Hunter, W.W.C. Wilson, Robert W. Reford, Lucien M. LaRiviere, and John Ford. There are others in institutional collections. Lavender, olive-gold, and reddish accents complement smooth surfaces. The date and engraver's mark (MILLER) below the bust remain strong. An identifying mark appears in the upper left field.
    Ex: Coin Galleries (2/1993), lot 1965; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.


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