John Quincy Adams peace and friendship medal
Description John Quincy Adams peace and friendship medal minted of silver. The medal was owned by Dakota chief White Eagle, who sold the medal to D.F. Curler in 1883 at LeBean, Walworth County, Dakota Territory. White Eagle had received the medal from his wife’s grandfather, who was reportedly given the medal by the United States Government, circa 1825. The front of the medal features a relief bust of President Adams and reads: "JOHN QUINCY ADAMS PRESIDENT OF THE U. STATES 1825". The back reads "PEACE / AND / FRIENDSHIP" and shows a pair of hands clasped in a handshake; one arm sleeved, the other bare. Above the hands are a crossed pipe and tomahawk. The top of the medal is pierced with a metal hoop strung through for suspension as a pendant.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 6.2 centimeters diameter
Nomenclature Medal
Subjects Owned/used by: White Eagle
Owned/used by: Curler, D. F.
Image of: Adams, John Quincy
Used by Dakota Indians
Used in Walworth County, Dakota Territory, United States
Dakota Indians
Indians of North America--Government relations--1789-1869.
Badges, Buttons & Medals. Peace & Friendship Medals
Indian. Badges, Buttons & Medals. Peace & Friendship Medals
Dates Creation: 1825 (Dated)
Content: 1883 (Date medal was sold by Dakota chief White Eagle to the donor, Mr. D.F. Curler, at LeBean, Walworth County, Dakota Territory.)
Restrictions Through curatorial review and/or additional consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, this item has been determined to be culturally sensitive. As advised by the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee on April 20, 2012, the Minnesota Historical Society will not display images of culturally sensitive items on the public database.
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 1860.N63

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