History, Information, and Value of 1825 John Quincy Adams Indian Peace Medal
The John Quincy Adams Indian Peace Medal was produced under Thomas L. McKenney, who headed up the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Once again the obverse was designed by Moritz Furst. Of the original three designs, the Adams family only liked the this design, stating the other two designs made Adams look fat and emphasized his long nose. Few alterations were done to the other two medals, but edits were difficult due to the work already completed on the medals. The obverse displays a bust of Adams, looking to the right. He wears a suit coat and unlike the larger version of this medal, he does not wear a draped cloth. The legend reads, “JOHN QUINCY ADAMS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1825.” The reverse displays two hands shaking below a peace pipe and tomahawk. The legend reads, “PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP.” The reverse design was a popular one on medals struck between 1809-1849. This medal was sold to the public in 1861.