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  • Sold Date: Mar 13, 2011
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U.S. Mint Bronze Medal Indian Peace, George II also known as the Treaty of Easton Medal, Julian IP-49. NGC certified authentic and graded Almost Uncirculated details, holed, as was common for these medals. The hole was designed for a loop for the medal to be worn around the neck.

Obv: Bust to left with legend "GEORGIUS II DEI GRATIA"

REV: A Quaker, at a council fire, offers a peace pipe to an Indian. The date 1757 is below with "LET US LOOK TO THE MOST HIGH WHO BLESSED OUR FATHERS WITH PEACE" in an encircling legend. 44mm.

A society of Friends known as the "Friendly Association for Regaining and Preserving Peace with the Indians by Pacific Means" commissioned Edward Duffield, a Philadelphia watch and clock maker, to engrave and strike the original dies of this medal. Dated 1757, the original medals are believed to be one of the first medals made in the Province of Pennsylvannia.

From Julian, Medals of the United States Mint : "The dies for this medal were received at the mint possibly as early as 1800. Originally passed out by the Quakers to nearby Indian chiefs, restrikes were made at various times prior to 1860 to satisfy collector demand *. These medals went on public sale in the latter part of 1861 and it is probable that even by then the dies were cracked.

On March 17, 1874, Superintendent James Pollock wrote a collector that the dies were then broken. He wrote to another collector on February 1, 1875, that none was on hand but more would be struck within a short time. The last pieces struck from the boken dies were in the second quarter of 1875 although the last of these was not sold until the first quarter of 1878. New dies were executed in the fiscal year of 1882 but the first record of striking did not come until the end of 1885."

* " collector demand" was at a much lower number than in modern times. Mint records reveal that the mint might strike as few as four or five of any particular medal in most years. Very few original 19th century U.S. Mint medals have a mintage of more than several hundred.

Note: The appendix of Julian which records the mintage of individual medal totals indicates that between 1885-1904 only 50 of these bronze medals were struck with the new second dies. From the appearance and finish of this medal, it was most likely struck during that period.

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