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1860 Prince of Wales Peace Medal, AU Details
1860 Great Britain Victoria Peace Medal, BHM-1975,
Silver--Polished--NGC Details. AU. Breton-24. 75 mm. The 1860
Indian peace medals were distributed as part of the events to
celebrate the Prince of Wales' Royal Visit to Canada, prompted by
the opening of the Victoria Bridge in Montreal that year. In his
Journal of the Progress of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales Through
British North America, Gardener D. Engelhart describes one such
meeting with 75 members of various tribes who had traveled to
Sarnia, Ontario, to meet the Prince:
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"Their spokesman was the Chief of the Ojibways of Garden River on Lake Huron; his name, being interpreted, is "Fluent Tongue;" he was dramatic in tone and gesture as he yelled out in flowery language the welcome of the tribes, hoping 'that the sky may always look fine to give happiness both to the whites and red-skins;' this was duly interpreted and acknowledged, and silver medals were distributed amongst them, in commemoration of the visit."
Instead of striking new medals specifically for the occasion, examples of the 1840 Victoria peace medal by William Wyon were engraved in the left obverse field with the feathers of the Prince of Wales and his motto ICH DIEN ("I Serve") below. The year of the visit, 1860, appears in the right obverse field. All but a handful of the known 1860 Prince of Wales peace medals are in this 75mm size. Others exist in 60mm and 37.5mm. Splashes of bright sky-blue toning appear on the silver surfaces of this example that is mirrored and hairlined from polishing. An original loop for suspension appears at 12 o'clock.
Ex: Chris Schenkel Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1990), lot 4010; Donald G. Partrick.
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