Saturday, July 26, 2014

Peace Medal

Edward Duffield (1720-1801), engraver; Joseph Richardson (1711-1784), struck by.
Peace Medal (from the Friendly Association for Regaining and Preserving Peace with the Indians), 1757.
Library Company of Philadelphia.

This medal depicts a bust of King George II on one side and, on the reverse, a Quaker holding a peace pipe at a council fire with an Indian. Crafted in 1757, this medal was the first peace medal made in America. It was commissioned and presented by the Friendly Association, a group of Pennsylvania Quakers that attempted to mediate negotiations between Delaware Indians and the Pennsylvania Assembly. Benjamin Franklin and members of the Friendly Association would distribute these medals to Native Americans as tokens of goodwill.

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