United States, Jefferson Indian Peace Medal, 1801

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Bust of Thomas Jefferson facing left. Reverse: Clasped hands, crossed peace pipe and hatchet above; PEACE/AND/FRIENDSHIP. This medal is hollow, consisting of two thin, embossed silver plates, one for each side of the medal. The two were held together by a silver ring, running around the entire circumference of the piece. The medal was created in this fashion because the United States Mint lacked a coining press strong enough to strike heavy, solid medals. This medal accompanied Lewis and Clark on their epochal journey West.
Object Name
date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
obverse engraver
Scot, Robert
reverse engraver
Scot, Robert
Physical Description
struck (overall production method)
silver (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
overall: 10.15 cm; 4 in
place of issue
United States
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catalog number
accession number
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift Fund: Lookout Family
Related Publication
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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