Indian Peace Medals A Real Treasure
By Charles Hopkins
Published 10/23/2007 | Hobbies
Originally the Indian Peace medals were made for the British Kings
starting in the pre-revolutionary times, and then progressed to having
one for each of the US presidents until the late 1860s. They come in 2
main types -- a normal, round coin shape that everyone is familiar
with, and an engraved, oval type medal.
Since these medals were originally given to the various Indian
tribes as a show of friendship, this is where it starts to get exciting
for the treasure hunter.
The main reason is to think like this: Say you were given a nice
shiny medal for a US government agent declaring their love of peace.
Then, a few weeks later, sitting in your teepee minding your own
business, that same government agent who gave you the medal comes in
again and tells you they are relocating you and your family to the
middle of nowhere. Well, the first instinct would be to get rid of
anything that reminds you of the government as soon as possible.
Now, most treasure hunters and metal detector users know that 90
percent of these medals that were lost or thrown away will be worthless
due to where they ended up and what they were originally made of. We
will concentrate on the ones that are not. Gold is really not affected
by much, not to mention the ones made of gold have sold at auction for
around 100,000.00! Not bad for one swing of a detector!
So where do you start looking? Since the entire US was at the one
time inhabited by at least one Indian tribe, that covers the general
question of "where do I look?" Some people have always concentrated in
areas of Pennsylvania where arrowheads were found.
Researching these places will narrow down your initial search area.
Try contacting a club or a private collector in your area that will be
willing to share more information. Reading everything you can about
your local history will also help.
We now have a new dimension to add to our treasure-hunting arsenal.
As with anything you may discover, be careful how you treat the items
you've found and recovered until you know the value of your find. And
it goes without saying that you also need to be careful and considerate
of the property you are hunting on.
One final thought... no matter what your treasure passion is it all
comes down to research and planning. If you fail to do these 2 things
your chances of success will be slim. So do the research, have fun and
good luck in all you do!