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Accession number 1996.61
Catalog Number 1996.61.1
Object Name Medal
Description Millard Fillmore Silver Peace medal , finished on June 8, 1851. Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States. Following the designs of former presidential Indian Peace Medals, the obverse has the portrait of Millard Fillmore in profile inside of "MILLARD FILLMORE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1850". The obverse was engraved by Salathiel Ellis (Prucha, 114). The reverse was an entirely new design moving away from the clasped hands of friendship. The new design was engraved by New York State artist Joseph Willson and shows a standing Indian in feather headdress and wearing a blanket facing a white man in civilian clothes. They stand in front of an American flag and between them are a plow and an ax. The background shows hills, trees and cows. At the top of the medal there are three links of chain with the words "LABOR", "VIRTUE", and "HONOR" inside them. Both artists' signed their respective sides with "S. ELLIS" and "J. WILLSON". This peace medal was produced in two sizes, 76mm and 63mm. This medal is one of the larger 76mm size. Only 281 versions of this medal were produced (Prucha, 114) although the invoice states that "120 were made, and only 5 or 10 may still be in existence." There is a hole through the top center of the medal through which a leather thong is threaded. This leather thong is knotted and a red silk ribbon for the medal to hang on is strung through it. Since the medal is made of silver, the hole was most likely drilled and holed by the U.S. Mint. The silver medals were holed, while the bronze or copper medals were not (Lopez, 46). See "Related" tab for bibliographical information and further examples of this medal.
Artist Salathiel Ellis and Joseph Willson
Dimensions Dia-3 inches
Collection Militaria
Imagefile 003\1996611.JPG