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George Washington Seasons Medal

Object Number: 
1894.5
Date: 
1798
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 7/8 in. ( 4.8 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, in exergue, at right: "C.H.K. F."
Description: 
Silver struck medal with obverse depicting female figure seated at spinning wheel; another female is shown in background, at center, weaving cloth on a loom; small child rocking an infant in cradle at lower left; hearth with water pot suspended above fire at right; inscribed in exergue: "U.S.A." Reverse contains inscription at center, surrounded by wreath of oak and laurel: "SECOND/PRESIDENCY/OF/GEO:WASHINGTON/MDCCXCVI."
Gallery Label: 
This medal, one of a series of three collectively referred to as Washington Seasons medals, were ordered by James McHenry, Secretary of War, through Ambassador Rufus King in England. The set was designed by Colonel John Trumbull in England in 1797. Trumbull's sketches for the three obverses and single common reverse were engraved into dies by Conrad Kuchler. The medals were struck by Boulton & Watt in Birmingham during April-October, 1798. Executed in silver and bronze and representing cattle raising, land cultivation, and spinning and weaving, the medals were intended for distribution to Native Americans as an encouragement to adopt "civilized" living.
Bibliography: 
Francis Paul Prucha, "Indian Peace Medals in American History," (University of Oklahoma Press, 1971), 89-90.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Charles R. King & Hon. John A. King
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group