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    Undated George III Large-Size Indian Peace Medal
    Betts-438, Jamieson-18, AU Details

    Undated (circa 1776-1820) Great Britain George III Peace Medal, Silver, Jamieson-18--Polished--NGC Details. AU. McLachlan-CCXCIII, Betts-438, Leroux-832, Breton-10, Adams 7.3. 75 mm. John W. Adams explains in The Indian Peace Medals of George III or His Majesty's Sometimes Allies (1999) that these undated medals were first issued in 1776, despite the writings of R.W. McLachlan and Victor Morin, who suggested they may have been awarded as early as 1761 or 1762, and that a 40-year surplus of medals remained available for presentation as late as 1817 and even beyond. Per Adams, "Actually, the undated medal survived its sponsor." Adams also affirms that unlike the Montreal medals or the Happy While United medals, these pieces, featuring an armor-clad portrait of George III, were awarded as war medals, used to "recruit military allies, not to celebrate passive diplomatic ties."

    This is an example of the Adams 7.3 variety with seven rivets above the sash, eight in all, and the lion's paw above the I in HONI. It is one of 32 such examples listed in his 1999 census of 86 large-size undated George III medals. The present piece may correspond to number 51 or 52 on that census, both of which are listed as part of a New York Collection in XF condition with a hanger. Included with this piece is a ticket with the following note: "This medal was procured from one of the Caughnawaga Indians, who is under the impression that it was given to one of his relatives for service during the Conquest of Canada and the American Revolution." There is no documentation to suggest these medals were given presented prior to 1776. We have no way of confirming whether or not the statement on the ticket is accurate. It closely resembles R.W. McLachlan's remark in Canadian Numismatics (1886) regarding his own example and may simply be a reiteration of McLachlan's notes to convey historical significance.

    Both sides are obviously polished with bright silver surfaces that retain exquisite design definition. Despite the polishing, this is quite an attractive medal with the original suspension loop intact.
    Ex: Warren Baker (7/8/1982); Donald G. Partrick.

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

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