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Furst, Moritz (1782-1840) [James Monroe Indian peace medal]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02768.02 Author/Creator: Furst, Moritz (1782-1840) Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: 1817 circa Pagination: 1 medal : gold colored copper ; diameter 7.5 cm.

Indian peace medal with James Monroe's profile on front, with the words "James Monroe President of the U.S. A.D. 1817," designed by Moritz Furst. Verso features two hands shaking, a tomahawk crossed with a pipe, and the words, "Peace and Friendship," designed by John Reich.

Furst and Reich both worked as engravers at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Indian peace medals were distributed to Indian tribes by the U.S. government as part of diplomatic relations.

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