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The E-Sylum: Volume 4, Number 7, February 11, 2001, Article 9


Jan Monroe writes:

"I wish to recommend two books that are outside of the mainstream of numismatics that E-sylum readers may wish to consider.

The first is the McKenney-Hall Portrait Gallery of American Indians by James D. Horan by Crown Publishers, 1972. This book includes a "full length" biography of Col. Thomas L. McKenney, who published the famous Indian Chief Portraits and was appointed superintendent of the Indian Trade by President James Madison in 1816. One interesting tidbit offered in this book is that McKenney also collected indian peace medals and the book describes some of his efforts to obtain them. Any collector of Indian Peace medals would be interested in this book.

The second book that I would recommend is Popular Images of the Presidency from Washington to Lincoln by Noble E. Cunningham, Jr. published by the University of Missouri Press in 1991. This book includes an entire chapter on presidential medals (Chapter VI, pp.164-179). While this chapter is short it includes much information not included in numismatic literature on presidential medals from a historians standpoint and also includes two full pages illustrating the obverse and reverse of the Lovett medals of the first 16 presidents. This is excellent material for those interested in presidential medals (as is the whole book)."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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