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The Jefferson Peace Medal


In September 1805, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery crossed what is now North Idaho on their transcontinental journey to the Pacific Ocean.  They carried with them medals of various sorts to present to the Indian tribes they encountered along the way.  The most famous of these is known as the Jefferson peace medal, for it bore the likeness of President Thomas Jefferson.  One of them is on display at the Nez Perce National Historic Site in Spalding.


In 1967, the Lewis and Clark Trail Commission presented Senator Frank Church of Idaho a reproduction of the Jefferson Peace Medal to recognize his support of their efforts to mark the Lewis and Clark Trail.  That medal, depicted below, is now part of the Senator Frank Church papers in Boise State University's Albertsons Library.  For an image of one of the original stamped silver medals distributed by Lewis and Clark and a history of the medals, see the website produced by VIAs, Inc., Discovering Lewis & Clark.


 

The reproduction medal presented to Senator Frank Church in 1967

 

 

The reverse of the reproduction medal, with a new U.S. nickel
that bears the same image.

 

 

The reproduction medal in its presentation case

 

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