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Abraham Lincoln 3" Bronze Peace Medal

Lot Number 1757

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Long before hippies were flashing the peace sign, the U.S. government entered into peace accords with Native American tribes. The U.S. Mint Indian Peace Medal program was instituted to create medallion coins commemorating these agreements. Often cited as the most popular of the series is the 1862 Abraham Lincoln Peace Medal. Presented to Native Americans in gold and silver specimens, this prized commemorative was also struck in bronze for collectors. Though dated 1862, the offered example is actually a more modern restrike 3” bronze type. Sold out by the Mint in the 1980s, this always sought after Lincoln type remains in heavy demand. Featuring a high relief profile bust design of our 16th president, this large size medal presents in excellent condition with minor traces of wear, including an inconsequential rim nick at top and some light pitting in the fields. Historically minded collectors will enjoy the reverse designs, which feature a Native American with chief headdress pushing a plow and a scene of children playing baseball, the first ever such scene to appear on a coin. Other reverse side design elements are a homestead, ships, a bow, a pipe, a quiver, a female head and a rather gruesome two-figure scalping scene.



 
 
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