Lot 434: 1853 Franklin Pierce Indian Peace Medal. Largest Size. Small Date. Julian IP-32b
October 29, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Indian Peace Medals
1853 Franklin Pierce Indian Peace Medal with "Small Date"
1853 Franklin Pierce Indian Peace Medal. Largest and First Size. 76 mm. Small Date Variety. Julian IP-32b. Struck at the United States Mint in Bronze. Dies by S. Ellis and J. Willson. Gem Uncirculated.
76 mm (7.5 mm thick). Julian IP-32b. Belden-48. This Large Size Indian Peace Medal was struck in Bronze at the United States Mint in Philadelphia. This is the "Small Date" (9 mm long) variety mentioned in Julian's catalog of U.S. Mint Medals. Julian says the "Large date" medal was struck from the original dies, during 1855-1870. Others, however, say that the "Small Date" (9 mm long) variety is indeed the original, and that the Large date die was made about 1870 and used afterwards. We notice that the official Silver Franklin Pierce Indian Peace medal which is actually illustrated in the Prucha reference is indeed of the Small Date variety, suggesting that it is truly the original. The medal offered here is the Small Date variety and is in Gem condition. Rich perfect mahogany-brown in color, this medal still has some semi-prooflike, perfectly smooth reflective surfaces.