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James K. Polk Indian Peace Medal

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Type Medal
Title James K. Polk Indian Peace Medal
Country United States
Side reverse
Composition silver
Diameter 76 mm
Description Alan V. Weinberg comments: Ex President Millard Fillmore's Estate. Fillmore's personal specimen of his Polk IPM. Silver Polk IPM's are among the rarest in the Indian Peace medal series with 2-3 known of this 76 mm silver, of which this is the finest (Prooflike Unc)& with its original suspension ring. The Polk IPM's are unique in the series by having a curious concave field. The LA Times had an article avout two antique store ladies in La Jolla who were auctioning some political items from the Millard Fillmore estate (Fillmore's descendants lived in southern Calif). I called & ascertained that this silver IPM was in the auction and rec'd permission to drive down to La Jolla on closing night to bid on the medal at their home. It took 2 1/2 hours each way of careful driving in a heavy rain. I was there in their home when the bidding closed on the phone & they permitted me to top the high bid by $100. I learned that immed underbidders were the late Jack Collins representing John Ford and Rex Stark.

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