Indian Peace Medal issued by President Abraham Lincoln, United States of America, 1862. Peace medals played a significant role in relations between the United States government and the Native American population.

Following the British and French practice of handing out silver medals to tribal chiefs, George Washington began a policy of presenting peace medals to American Indian leaders at treaty signings and other formal ceremonies. Every subsequent American president from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Harrison is represented on an Indian peace medal, with the exception of William Henry Harrison. The medals were often produced in different sizes according to the rank of the recipients.

Obverse Description

A draped bust of the President facing right; around, ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1862.

Reverse Description

At the centre within a circle, a village scene including children playing in front of a school and a church steeple; in the foreground an American Indian wearing full chief's feathered head-dress operates a horse-drawn plough; around above around above an Indian pulls the hair of another Indian preparing to scalp him with a knife; around below, a quiver of arrows, an Indian woman's head with eyes closed and a crossed bow and peace pipe

Edge Description

The edge is plain

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