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Indian Treaty Medal, Treaties 1 and 2
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Indian Treaty Medal, Treaties 1 and 2
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Indian treaty medal, Treaties 1 and 2

Silver medals were very much a part of the regalia of the treaty ceremony. They offered a lasting visual reminder to all the participants of their treaty commitments. The silver medal shown here was awarded to the chiefs who signed Treaties 1 and 2. The medal bears a bust of Queen Victoria and the inscription "VICTORIA REGINA"; the reverse side bears a wreath of oak leaves and acorns joined by a knot. The medal was not made specifically for the treaties; it was purchased from J.S. & A.B. Wyon of London, England, and was selected from premade stock. Interestingly, it resembles medals that were awarded at agricultural fairs.

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