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Roderic H. Blackburn

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Antique Americana Medals

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Indian Peace Medals, Misc. US Mint Medals, other Medals

Indian Peace Medals

Peace Medals were issued by the US Mint for most 19th century administrations. Silver medals were presented to Indian chiefs to influence their relationship to the US government and appear in a number of  portraits of Indian chiefs. Bronzed copper medals were struck in relative low numbers for the public.

US Mint Comemorative Medals

    The US Mint also prodiced (and still does) medals for other public and private purposes, such as presidential medals, commemorative medals, personal medals,  school, agricultural, mechanical, scientific and professional medals. Even life saving, marksmanship,  religious and fraternal; medals.

   Medals were also struck by private corporations for both public and private purposes - and still are.

   If you do not see what you want in our current holdings, send us your wish list and I will contact you if and when we receive what you are looking for.

Note: please email us at rod@rhblackburn.com for detailed photos of any medals you are interested in, cite inventory number.

 

For a full discussion see Roderic H. Blackburn: "Emblems of Honor, Congressional medals of war and peace" The Magazine Antiques. Vol CLXII, No.1 July 2002, p.82-89. Ask us for an emailed copy. 


 Note: the bronze patina varies considerably and that was the case when they were patinized. Some are almost orange and bright, others are "chocolate" dark brown, others are "mahogany" a red brown, and still others are close to tan, lighter or darker.  Most are 57-64mmm or larger than 2" diameter.

Indian Peace Medals

George III Indian Peace Medal  -  Rev War to War of 1812

M1657   Large undated George III Indian Peace Medal, 77 mm diam. Struck apparently as one solid silver piece in a collar with integral rim. With original silver cast hanger. State: Adams 7.3: Obverse single curl to hair; seven rivets above sash, one below. No evidence of die break yet across the sash as on later 7.3 specimens. Reverse: "B", Lion's paw rests on I. Original hanger. Solid struck.
  A superior specimen of this famous medal of the Revolution to War of 1812  which was presented, especially in the large size, to Indian chiefs allied with the British forces between New York and what became known as the Northwest Territory which covered all of the modern states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the northeastern part of Minnesota. The area covered more than 260,000 square miles. 
  Large George III peace medals have sold at auction over the last 10 years from $5500 to $24,000, the latter with two presentation documents of the 1760s (so not for the medal with them), depending on condition, completeness (original hanger) and provenance. In the last three (four?) years none have come up at auction. No information on private sale prices. SOLD

George III Indian peace medal
                                                                           George III Indian Peace Medal
M1652.  Made in three sizes, this is the rare (only 9 are known) medium size 2.25 " (58 mm) diam, medal (Adams 8.1, first of two states). Date: 1776-1800 (most probably issued only during the Revolution). This is a silver shell, joined by a silver rim, the first known example of a shell version of this medium size George III medal (though the large size, Adams 7.1, 11 of 24 are shells) 36.1 grams weight.  SOLD

 

George III Indian Peace Medal, Rev War

B0627

George III Indian Peace Medal  -  Rev War to War of 1812

.  Made in three sizes, this is the rare (only 9 are known in the latest (1999) census) medium size 2.25 " (58 mm) diam, medal  In January 2009 one of these sold at auction (Stack’s) for $18,000. Silver peace medals were presented by representatives of sovereigns (English, French, Spanish) to Native American chiefs to influence their loyalty. See my article on "Emblems of Honor, Congressional Medals of War and Peace" for a related discussion of peace medals. Magazine Antiques , July 2002. This medal is recorded and illustrated in the MCA Advisory (Newsletter of the Medal Collectors of America) February 2009 .16-17 
Medium undated medal (60mm). Given to warrior chiefs. Adams (p.99): Given that relatively few medals were issued from 1801 to 1811, it seems safe to infer that the preponderance of medium-size medals were issued during the War of 1812. 
Adams 8.1 Obv 1: George III (same obverse as the Lion and Wolf medal).

Rev A: Early coat of arms (fleur de lis in upper right quadrant) Lion knee protrudes on shield, paw rests on N. Unicorn leg between LY, with hoof near P. Die break through lower third of shield.  SOLD
Geroge III Indian peace Medal

M0064A Chester A. Arthur Peace Medal. For presentation to Indian chiefs in silver, bronzed copper for others.76x58 mm. Bronzed copper. First struck 1881, US Mint by Morgan Barber  This one ca. 1883-5. Original dies. Julian No. IP-45. Condition: exceptionally fine condition with some original brilliance. The reason for this is the case in which this has been kept since struck. 
Obverse: Bust to right of Arthus. CHESTER A. ARTHUR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Below truncation: C. E. BARBER F.. Reverse: PEACE in a glory above a farmer and an Indian. over wreath and crossed tomahawk and peace pipe. M on exergual line for George Morgan. .
    This medal is scarce. When Arthur became present there were Garfield medals not yet awarded and these were given out as late as 1884, two years into Arthur's administration. The dies for this medal were not completed until 1883.

Note: this medal and the identical M0064B have been in a red morocco leather display case since minted. As such there is virtually no wear.   Medal M0064A and M0064B may be purchased together in the original case, or separately. The case needs some restoration. I purchased a group of cased medals (see others on ther website). Judging by the die states, tthese cased medals and their cases were made about 1883-85. By whom we do not know, possibily the US Mint. As the cases contain recesses for two medals, one can view obverse and reverse without handling. SOLD

M0064A Chester Arthur peace medal
M0064 Chester Arthur Peace medal case

M0064B Chester A. Arthur Peace Medal. For presentation to Indian chiefs in silver, bronzed copper for others. First struck 1883 . This one ca. 1883-5.  76x58 mm. Bronzed copper. Julian IP-45. Original dies. Condition: exceptional untouched condition, with some original brilliance. Obverse spotting. The reason for its near untouched condition (excepting the spotting)s is the case in which this has been kept since struck. A red morocco leather case with shaped inset openings for two medals, allowing a viewer to see both an obverse and reverse without handling.  Obverse: Bust to right of Arthus. CHESTER A. ARTHUR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Below truncation: C. E. BARBER F.. Reverse: PEACE in a glory above a farmer and an Indian. over wreath and crossed tomahawk and peace pipe. M on exergual line for George Morgan. .

This medal is scarce. When Arthur became present there were Garfield medals not yet awarded and these were given out as late as 1884, two years into Arthur's administration. The dies for this medal were not completed until 1883.

   Note: this medal and the identical M0064B have been in a red morocco leather display case since minted. As such there is virtually no wear.   Medal M0064A and M0064B may be purchased together in the original case, or separately. The case needs some restoration. I purchased a group of cased medals (see others on ther website). Judging by the die states, tthese cased medals and their cases were made about 1883-85. By whom we do not know, possibily the US Mint. As the cases contain recesses for two medals, one can view obverse and reverse without handling.      SOLD
M0064B Chester Arthur Peace medal

M0066A  Millard Fillmore Peace Medal. For presentation to Indian chiefs in silver, bronzed copper for others. 64,, Bronzed copper.  First struck in 1850 for the US Mint but probably at New York City by Willson Ellis,  in two sizes (76mm and 62mm), the reverse or both incorporating a new design, a settler instructing an Indian on the benefits of civilization ("Labor, Virtue, Honor"). This struck c. 1885. 64mm. Condition: Uncirculated. Medium chocolate brown patina. Obverse: small abrasion of highlights, some edge dents or nicks visible on reverse. First of four medals created and struck outside of the Mint by Joseph Wilson (reverse) and Salathiel Ellis (obverse) at New York City. The 62mm size was mostly struck at the US Mint from 1860 for numismatists.   

Note: this medal and the identical M0066B have been in a red morocco leather display case since minted. As such there is virtually no wear.   Medal M0066A and M0066B may be purchased together. They had been in a single case now lost although the original printed card and portrait of Fillmore are with the medals.  I purchased a group of cased medals (see others on ther website). Judging by the die states, tthese cased medals and their cases were made about 1883-85. By whom we do not know, possibily the US Mint. As the cases contain recesses for two medals, one can view obverse and reverse without handling.    
M0066A Millard Fillmore Peace medal

M0066B  Millard Fillmore Peace Medal. For presentation to Indian chiefs in silver, bronzed copper for others. First struck in 1850 in two sizes (76mm and 62mm), the reverse incorporating a new design, a settler instructing an Indian on the benefits of civilization ("Labor, Virtue, Honor"). This struck c. 1885. 64mm. Condition: Uncirculated. Medium chocolate brown patina. Obverse: several dark spots. Reverse: one dark spot. Edge: one corrosion spot.  First of four medals created and struck outside of the Mint by Joseph Wilson (reverse) and Salathiel Ellis (obverse) at New York City. The 62mm size was mostly struck at the US Mint from 1860 for numismatists. 

Note: this medal and the identical M0066B have been in a red morocco leather display case since minted. As such there is virtually no wear.   Medal M0066A and M0066B may be purchased together. They had been in a single case now lost although the original printed card and portrait of Fillmore are with the medals.  I purchased a group of cased medals (see others on ther website). Judging by the die states, tthese cased medals and their cases were made about 1883-85. By whom we do not know, possibily the US Mint. As the cases contain recesses for two medals, one can view obverse and reverse without handling.
M0066B Millard Fillmore Peace medal

Commemorative US Medals, 19th c

M0067  1826 Erie Canal Completion Medal. Union of the Erie with the Atlantic,  45 mm,  Silver.  Very good, all over small field dings, wear on highlights but images are otherwise very good.  "UNION OF THE ERIE WITH THE ATLANTIC"  "R. DEL.    W. SC" Image of two classical gods (one Neptune), Cornocopia    "ERIE CANAL COMM. 4 JULY 1817 COMP. 26 OCT 1825."/ "C. C. WRIGHT SC./ 1826/ PRESENTED BY THE CITY OF N.YORK"  With the emblem of NY State, canal locks, New York harbor.  This highly desirable medal was issued to mark the completion of the Erie Canal. It was issued by the Common Council of the City of New York, with dies engraved by Charles Cushing Wright after designs by Archibald Robertson. Other examples in silver or white metal have sold for up to $3800.

1826 Erie Canal Completion Medal. Union of the Erie with the Atlantic, 45 mm, Silver. Very good

M0049 Hudson Fulton Medal/ Amer Num. Society [1909]   31mm  aluminum plated bronze. An American Numismatic Society medal by Emil Fuchs, struck by Whitehead and Hoag, London.  1909    Good condition, some wear. "THE AMERICAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY" "HUDSON FULTON CELEBRATION COMM." "DISCOVERY OF THE HUDSON RIVER BY HENRY HUDSON A.D. MDCIX" around a shipboard scene of first sighting of the Hudson River.  "HALVE MAENE" and the ship depicted in the ex.   "ROBERT FULTON/ 1765mm€‘1815"   under a round portrait of Fulton. "FIRST USE OF STEAM IN NAVIGATION/ ON THE HUDSON RIVER/ 1807" under three graces seated in a classical setting            

Hudson Fulton Medal/ Amer Num. Society [1909] 31mm aluminum plated bronze  

M0054 Washington Cabinet 1860,  59mm  Bronzed copper,  MT€‘23 1860€‘92   Uncirculated, fine condition. Slight rub to Washington's hair. Nice mahogany patina.   "GEORGE WASHINGTON BORN FEB. 22 1732. DIED DEC. 14 1799." "PAQUET F." Bust portrait after Houdon facing viewer's right.    "WASHINGTON CABINET OF MEDALS, U.S. MINT / INAUGURATED FEB. 22 1860." Image of the trapazoidal medals cabinet, with Washington bust on top, incircled in a baluster rail. Paquet U. S. Mint    SOLD

Washington Cabinet 1860, 59mm Bronzed copper, MT€‘23 1860€‘92 Uncirculated

M0048 Great Seal Centennial 62,  Bronzed copper,  CM€‘20 1882€‘92, Nice uncirculated example with a most attractive red mahogany finish.  $400    The American eagle grasping a scroll with E PLURIBUS UNUM [One out of many] in its beak. BARBER at lower right.  The all€‘seeing eye in a glory above an unfinished pyramid dated MDCCLXXVI [1776] on the bottom step. Dates 1782 and 1882 at sides with ANNUIT NOVUS ORDO SECULORUM (a new order of the ages] in the exergue. Charles E. Barber   U. S. Mint            SOLD

Great Seal Centennial 62, Bronzed copper, CM€‘20 1882€‘92, Nice uncirculated

M0036 American Institute,  51mm  Copper, AM€‘3  1885    Unc, with some of original brilliance intact. "THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE/ NEW YORK"  "THE MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARDED TO L. Schutte & Co.  for a Locomotive Injector 1885"  U. S. Mint (Phila.)

American Institute, 51mm Copper, AM€‘3 1885 Unc, with some of original brilliance intact.

M0001 Christopher Columbus, 51mm  Bronzed copper.  Sweden 1892. Uncirculated condition. Medal  commemorating the landing of Columbus in San Salvador, 1492. Obverse:  Bust of the discoverer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) in a ruff (left). Legend: 'CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS.'  Reverse: Columbus (left) armed, a flag in his left and a sword in his right hand, stepping ashore, two natives (right, one seated, addressing him; three ships in distance, a coconut palm (right). Exergue: 'CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS LANDING AND TAKING POSSESSION OF THE ISLAND WHICH HE NAMED SAN SALVADOR, OCT. 12TH 1492.'  SOLD

Christopher Columbus, 51mm Bronzed copper. Sweden 1892. Uncirculated condition.

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