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Lincoln Indian Peace Medal

Salathiel Ellis, Joseph Willson, United States Mint
Washington, D. C.
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overall: 5/16 in x 3 in diameter
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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This silver medallion was one of 100 originally struck in 1862 for President Abraham Lincoln to present to the Great Chiefs of the Native American Nations as a gesture of peace. The tradition was begun by President George Washington in 1789 and continued by each president through Benjamin Harrison. The obverse features a right-profile bust of President Lincoln in the center. The inscription "Abraham Lincoln. President of the United States" follows the curve of the medallion above the portrait while the date 1862 is below. The sculptor's name is engraved just below Lincoln's right shoulder. The reverse depicts an Indian using a horse with a plow in the foreground and settlers' children playing baseball in the background as the center of the medallion. The border around the central image depicts one Indian scalping another above while a bow and a quiver of arrows are depicted below. See ID numbers 71.2009.082.0803, 0804, and .0805 for more Lincoln Indian peace medals in this collection. For more information about the Lincoln Indian Peace Medals, see Lincoln Lore issue number 1066, September 12, 1949, and the archives file found online at https://archive.org/stream/medalsmedallionslinc_7#page/n15/mode/2up . Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum