Book Series The Studies in Medallic Art, vol. 6

Let Us Have Peace: Indian Peace Medals at the American Numismatic Society

Oliver D. Hoover

  • Pages: 470 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:490 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023



Let Us Have Peace offers a detailed numismatic, art- and socio-historical discussion of 302 Indian peace medals and related objects that entered the cabinet of the American Numismatic Society between 1883 and 2013. The medals represent an important and often under-utilized resource for the history of relationships between the Native peoples of North America and the colonial powers of France, Great Britain, and Spain, as well as their successors, Canada and the United States of America. Despite being inanimate objects of silver and copper, the Indian peace medals in the ANS collection are incomparable storytellers, each offering its own tale of the past that give us insight into the remarkable lives of the medals’ creators, distributors, and recipients.


Acknowledgments Introduction

Medals Distributed in French North America (ca. 1610–1760)
King Louis XIV
King Louis XV
Medals Distributed in British North America (ca. 1610–1860)
Lord Baltimore
Queen Anne
King George I
King George II
King George III
Medals Distributed in the Province and Dominion of Canada (ca. 1840–1921)
Queen Victoria
Treaties 1 and 2
Treaty 3
Treaty 6
Assembly of Indian Tribes
Treaty 9
Treaty 11
Medals Distributed in Spanish North America (ca. 1769–1806)
King Carlos IV
Medals Distributed in the United States of America (ca. 1788–1896)
Continental Congress
George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson 
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
Private and Fur Trade Medals distributed in the United States of America (ca. 1822–1900) 
Miss White’s Seminary for Select Ladies
American Fur Company
Pierre Chouteau, Jr. & Co.
Union Fur Company
George Washington

Appendix A: U.S. Mint Miniature Presidential Medals
Appendix B: Commemorative Indian Peace Medal Facsimiles
Appendix C: Indian Peace Medal Facsimiles and Fantasies