(1890s) Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal -- Edge Damag...
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Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal
(1890s) Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal -- Edge Damage --
NGC Details. AU. Julian IP-48, R.7. Silver, 77 mm. The final
Indian Peace medals, aside from restrikes of prior administration
designs, were issued during Benjamin Harrison's term. Julian IP-47,
the 60 x 76 mm oval medal that repeated the reverse design used
since Hayes was President, was intended to be Benjamin Harrison's
only Indian Peace medal variety. It was struck only for collectors,
in bronze. But in 1890, a Missouri and Oto delegation visited
Washington and requested Indian Peace medals. They were specific:
they wanted large-size round silver medals with a new reverse
design, and they would pay for them. Chief Engraver Charles Barber
prepared an appropriate design with a theme of progress. A mere
five medals were struck in silver and shipped to the Missouri and
Oto Native Americans in October 1890. The next month, 18 additional
medals were distributed to Cheyenne and Arapahoe recipients. The
eventual total mintage was 26 pieces, per Prucha. A majority of the
medals are untraced, with several presumably buried with their
owners. Others are held by museums and other institutions. Only a
few pieces are known in collector hands. All are holed, as they
were intended to be worn, and none remain in Mint State. Some have
the names of owners entered, though this medal shows no indication
of its original owner. There are a few slight edge knocks, but wear
is minimal wear and no marks are consequential.
Silver, AU Details, Julian IP-48
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