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    James Monroe: Indian Peace Medal with Tomahawk. Silver James Monroe Indian Peace medal that supposedly belonged to Pawnee Chief Patalesharo, sold together with a tomahawk that was found with the medal. The medal is the middle size, 62 mm in diameter and weighing 101.1 grams. According to Mint records, 100 were struck. The medal has good detail and grades Very Fine in our opinion. It is neatly holed at the top and has a few chop marks on the reverse. The engraver was Moritz Furst. The iron tomahawk measures 7.5" x 2.5" and shows appropriate age and use. The two were found on Standpipe Hill near Jamestown, Kansas (formerly part of the Nebraska Territory). A letter from 1985 that accompanies the lot (addressed to former owners of the medal) references its discovery and makes the attribution to Patalesharo.

    Patalesharo (1797-1836) gained notoriety for his courageous and humane act of saving a captive Comanche girl from human sacrifice at the Morning Star ceremony in 1817. During a trip to Washington, D.C. in 1821, he was presented with a Peace Medal by President James Monroe, was awarded a special hero's medal by students at Miss White's Select Female Seminary (that medal now housed in the collection of the American Numismatic Society) and was painted (circa 1822) by Charles Bird King wearing an Indian Peace Medal (viewable on Petalsharo's on-line Wikipedia biography). Petalesharo also saved a young boy from sacrifice in 1818 and tried unsuccessfully in 1833 to save another Cheyenne girl who was killed by her captors. He died in battle against the Cheyenne in 1836.

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    December, 2017
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