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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 10, March 8, 2009, Article 14

HAPPY WHILE UNITED INDIAN PEACE MEDAL PURCHASED BY COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG

One of the medals in the recent Stack's sale of John W. Adams' Indian Peace Medal collection has found a home in a museum - Lot 5059, the State of Virginia. Happy While United Medal, 1780. -Editor
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has purchased what it calls an extremely rare medal dating to Thomas Jefferson's term as Virginia governor.

"The Virginia Indian Peace Medal is a priceless addition to the Colonial Williamsburg collection," says Erik Goldstein, curator of numismatics and mechanical arts, in a news release.

"It is an integral part of Virginia history that acknowledges and honors the Native American allies of Virginia's infant revolutionary government."

Happy While United medal (obverse) Happy While United medal (reverse)


Produced by order of Jefferson in 1780, the "Happy While United" medal commemorated an alliance between the region's native tribes and the commonwealth.

Silver versions were presented to important tribal members, while bronze versions were cast for nonnative recipients. None of the silver medals survive.

The medal will be exhibited at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg starting March 28. The foundation did not list the purchase price of the medal.

To read the complete article, see: Colonial Williamsburg acquires extremely rare medal (www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1615909)

To read the complete Stack's lot description, see: State of Virginia. Happy While United Medal, 1780. (http://www.stacks.com/lotdetail.aspx?lsid=AN00000673&asid=&lrid=AN00116589)

The Colonial Williamsburg collection includes dozens of other Indian peace medals ranging in date from the 1660s through 1908, including colonial, British and American Presidential issues. -Editor




Wayne Homren, Editor

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