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Reich, John (fl. 1809) [James Madison Indian peace medal]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02767.02 Author/Creator: Reich, John (fl. 1809) Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: 1809 Pagination: 1 medal : bronze; diameter 7.5 cm.

Medal features James Madison's profile on front and the words "James Madison President of the U.S. A.D. 1809." Designer is unknown. Verso features two hands shaking, a tomahawk crossed with a pipe, and the words, "Peace and Friendship," designed by John Reich.

Indian peace medals were distributed to Indian tribes by the U.S. government as part of diplomatic relations.

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