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    1873-Dated Canadian Treaty Medal
    Jamieson-38, AU Details

    Modified for Treaty No. 4

    1873-Dated Canada Indian Treaty No. 4, Jamieson-38, Silver--Scratches--NGC Details. AU. McLachlan-30, Leroux-1191, Breton-29. 76 mm. The Qu'appelle Treaty (Treaty No. 4) was signed in September 1874. It was negotiated between the government of Canada and the First Nations of southern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba (Cree and Saulteux), ceding 74,600 square miles of territory in exchange for "each Chief of twenty-five dollars in cash, a coat, and a Queen's silver medal; for each Headman, not exceeding four in each band, fifteen dollars in cash and a coat; and for every other man, woman and child twelve dollars in cash; and for those here assembled some powder, shot, blankets, calicoes, strouds, and other articles." An annuity for each band member was also granted in perpetuity, plus one square mile for each family of five (or a proportional amount for smaller or larger families). Treaty No. 4 medals are rare. Ford had one, the Manitoba Museum has an example, one appeared in a September 2014 Jeffery Hoare sale and was repatriated to Saskatchewan, and another came to market in 2018. We believe a few more may exist.

    The present example features the 4 scratched in by hand over what appears to be a punched 3 in the treaty number. That would make sense given the 3 punch in the date matches that of known Treaty No. 3 medals. Iridescent accents frame the devices, while the exposed areas are largely silver-gray. Scratches and other small dings are expected for a presented medal.
    Ex: Warren Baker (11/27/1981); Donald G. Partrick.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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