In recent months the New York based Buffalo Historical Society gave back the famous Chief Red Jackets, 1792 silver oval George Washington Peace medal. The Seneca had filed that the medal was meant to be passed down from Chief to Chief. Being a medal that the laws of NAGPRA applied, as being cultural with lineal decent.
After countless attempts to request that the medal be examined and tested with the Buffalo Historical Society as far back as 2015. This most famous of all medals revealed itself with out even having to travel to upstate NY to examine the piece.
Close up images of several locations found on the medal show that the medal always believed to have been solid silver. Conforms to the scientific analysis of years long research with the 1792 Joseph Wright medal, the 1792 Farmers Brothers medal (Red Jackets Brothers Medal), the 1793 large oval named the Mitchelson medal.
Each medal revealed that they are all silver plated. Done in two layers of plating, where the first coat is a pure silver wash and the top coat is either coin silver or sterling silver plating.
The Red Jacket medal below shows an excellent example in the lower 7 o’clock position a chunk of the top layer that fell off the medal. I circled other locations that also show where you can seen the double plating on the silver/copper sheet below the ring.
Who would have ever thought that all the best medals experts would have overlooked the fact that the authentic medals are all silver plated.
Here is food for thought, how many people over the last five decades believed their medals were authentic and were told by the auction houses and their authorities on these medals that their medals were fakes? I would think there has had to have been many and of those many medals said to have been fakes. I would bet that several were authentic and now they are probably lost. So would these experts and the auction house be liable for the damages they have done? Well, let me say thanks for the mess you created and those responsible know specifically who I talking about. I applaud you for being like the Jacobite Bonnie Prince Charlie the Pretender! That’s exactly what the auction houses leading experts are on the subject of George Washington Silver Oval Peace medal Pretenders! Acting as authorities to control all aspects of the medals of what’s fake and real, including the monetary values of them. Look at the great job they did devaluing the last two medals sold that should have sold for a great deal more money than they were sold for!
To reader of this post and especially to readers who believe they own one of these exceptionally rare medals! If you want know if your medal is the real deal. You can contact me any time if you want a scientific study done that is actually correct on the identification standard that I spent years establishing.
Also the last thing I wanted to mention is that I’m hoping the Seneca Nation and their curator at their new museum. Will allow the scientific testing to be accomplished where I know between the Farmers Brother medal, the Red Jacket medal and the 1792 Joseph Wright medals. Would have a quantitive match on the plating that’s +60 percent silver mixed with -30 copper. Proving that these medals in 1792 are from the same sheets off the same press at the fledgling US Mint in Philadelphia.
One must wonder why is this 1789 and the ANA 1789 medals considered by the few experts authentic? My theory is that they are accepted because they are burial medals! It’s amazing how not for profits often have relics in their collections that are illegal to possess when they are given vast sums of tax payers money in the form of grants. While at the same time you request new studies to be performed and 9 out of 10 times their curators never return your correspondence requests.
If anyone has ever read the scientific report by the Winterthur Museums 1789 medal. Looks like their testing was a failure as well. How did they miss this giant chunk of plating missing that I circled? They must not have worn their glasses and the methods they used only tested the top silver plating. Making them believe the medal was solid silver. The old artists knew how to beat specific gravity testing.
Let’s take this post a little further and show the 2021 top dollar Silver oval GW IPM that was purchased for $600k plus. Owned by a very passionate collector Alan Weinberg who is a renowned medals and coin collector. Would Alan dispute me on this factual image post that proves his recently purchased medal is also plated? There is nothing to dispute because the medal is plated and like I said in past posts. Labor was cheap back then and the work that went in to double plating these medals was laborious with superior craftsmanship invested in each medal. In reality, if there was ever such a thing of one of these medals ever being solid silver. They would be less valuable than the plated medals because the purpose of doing the intense work? Involved the reflective art the artist were focused on. Which you can not do with a solid piece of plate silver.
You can clearly see the double plating of silver sound the entire edge of the medal. Maybe since Alan can afford to spend $600k. On his medal, maybe he would step up to the plate and have my scientist do the testing. You can see the pictures do not lie!
Pictured below are images of the 1789 ANS medal showing scratches that break the silver plating. You would think coin people use magnifying glasses to look at these thing, right? Well how could you miss this stuff? Looks like I’m going to be presenting the first medals clown award trophy’s to a few people this year.
So below will be the new 2021 Medals Clown Trophy award that I’m going to send out to the top 12 winners for screwing up this history of the GW Silver oval Indian peace medals. Yes they are silver plated and I’m running out of silver to make them!