Indian Peace Medal, Thomas Jefferson, United States, 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.

Date Made: 1801

Associated Name: Jefferson, ThomasMint: U.S. Mint, PhiladelphiaObverse Engraver: Scot, RobertReverse Engraver: Scot, Robert

Location: Currently not on view

Place Of Issue: United States

Subject: Indian Peace Medal


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Credit Line: Gift Fund: Lookout Family

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1990.0466.0001Catalog Number: 1990.0466.0001Accession Number: 1990.0466

Object Name: medal

Physical Description: struck (overall production method)silver (overall metal)circular (overall shape)Measurements: overall: 10.15 cm; 4 in


Record Id: nmah_1120847

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