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Washington Indian Peace Medals


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Under Washington's first administration, America attempted to transfer the loyalty of the Indians from the English to the U.S. The British started in 1717 using small James I copper medals, and graduated to large (3") medals under George III. The fledgling government couldn't strike pieces of such size. They went to New York and Philadelphia silversmiths and had large oval silver medals engraved-our first medal and perhaps the most famous. Speaker(s): Barry Tayman.
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