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Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal, n.d. Round. Silver. J.IP.48, Pr.58, B.63

From Stack's October 2006 New York Auction, Session 1 on Oct 17, 2006

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Categories  •  Stack's October 2006 New York The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part XVI: Indian Peace Medals, 1680 - 1890 United States Medals Silver Indian Peace Medals Struck by the United States Mint The Indian Peace Medals of the Benjamin Harrison Presidency
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Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal, n.d. Round. Silver. J.IP.48, Pr.58, B.63.  Choice Very Fine....Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal, n.d. Round. Silver. J.IP.48, Pr.58, B.63. Choice Very Fine. Obverse signed C.E. BARBER F. 75.6mm. Rims 4.0 - 4.4mm thick. 3,715.2 gns. Medium silver gray in color. Holed, original loop. Some handling marks, rim nicks, edge dented at bottom of obverse. Extremely rare, one of just 5 round silver Harrisons known to the cataloguer. Date added in single numeral punches on the obverse as ''1889.'' Reverse inscribed across both roundels BULL BEAR CHEYENNE in hand lettering, below DIED KINGFISHER, OKLA 1909 in individual punches. Edge inscribed in individual punches PRESENTED TO WHITE EAGLE. JR. JOE. DAVIS * PAWNEE INDIAN * CHEYENNE INDIAN'S.

The cataloguer notes that Old Bull Bear died in 1892 and Young Bull Bear in 1910. While the medal is genuine and the hand engraved inscription on the front looks like the style of the Julian plate medal, the death and edge inscriptions were probably added later. The medal is known in silver originals and matte silver restrikes and copper and aluminum restrikes. Carlson's research yielded only 6 auction records for just 4 or fewer specimens known to him of an original round silver Harrison. A silver original appeared in Bowers' sale of November, 2001 (lot 5183). Another silver medal, named to Bear Bow, Cheyenne, was plated in the July, 1944 issue of Antiques. Julian plates a silver one named to Paul T. Boynton, an Arapahoe and the next lot includes a fifth in silver.

The cataloguer knows of only four round Harrisons in copper (of the 29 struck), the two in the Schenkel Sale (lots 4041 and 4042) and the two in Presidential's Landmark II and Presidents Sales (lots 476 and 303, respectively). The unique aluminum round Harrison appeared in Presidential's sale of June 29, 1991 (lot 320).

Ex Charles H. Fisher's (Cleveland, Ohio) sale of March 14, 1936, lot 769 (plated there); F.C.C. Boyd Estate.

Lot # 177 Session 1
Hammer Price: $36,000.00

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