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United States 2004-P Lewis and Clark Expedition (Corps of Discovery) $1 Silver Dollar Proof w/Jefferson Indian Peace Medal Reverse

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Incredible value! This large proof medal of Lewis & Clark is beautifully engraved, eminently affordable, and weighs one ounce of pure silver!

The Louisiana Purchase
Sold out at the Mint! Thomas Jefferson pulled off the real estate deal of the century - the nineteenth century, that is! In 1803 the United States acquired nearly 530 million acres (about 828,000 mi²) of territory from Napoleon Bonaparte's France at a cost of about 3¢ per acre! The total price of the Louisiana Purchase was only $15 million or 80 million francs. The French territory of Louisiana included far more land than just the current U.S. state of Louisiana - the expanse purchased contained parts or all of 14 states! The area included in the Purchase comprises 22.3% of the territory of the modern United States.

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Lewis_and_Clark.jpgThe Lewis and Clark Expedition / Corps of Discovery
Jefferson hand-picked Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to head one of the greatest voyages of discovery in the history of the world - the Corps of Discovery's trek across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clark led a team of nearly three dozen, including Toussaint Charbonneau, his wife Sacagawea, a young Shoshone woman, and her infant son Jean-Baptiste on a journey of nearly 8,000 miles. They braved injury, sickness and danger at every turn, not only to establish relations with numerous American Indian tribes, but also to enrich the scientific community with maps of the new territory and collections of plant and animal specimens previously unknown to the world at large. The "Corps of Volunteers of Northwestern Discovery," as it was originally known, is regarded by many as the most successful expedition (both military, topographic and scientific) in American history. It is a true testament to the leadership skills of Lewis and Clark that during the two years they took to chart America’s west, the explorers lost only one man, Sgt. Charles Floyd, to appendicitis.

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A Beautiful, Pure Silver Art Medal
Lewis_Clark_Outdoors.jpgThis large (39 mm diameter), pure silver medal weighs one full ounce, as indicated on the reverse. It commemorates the Lewis and Clark Expeditions two-year sojourn across the then-newly-acquired Louisiana Purchase. The obverse is a stunningly-detailed depiction of Lewis and Clark (both with their long rifles) surveying the undiscovered West, with Toussaint Charbonneau and his wife, Sacagawea, who carries their baby Jean-Baptiste in a papoose on her back. She is shown gesturing and leading the way for the explorers. This vignette was adapted from a mural-sized painting by the great western artist John Ford Clymer and is rendered in frosted cameo finish, with various depths of relief to heighten the reality of the scene. No legends are included on this side so as not to mar the artistry of the portrait.

The reverse features a map of the western United States, with the route of the Corps of Discovery's trek indicated, from its start near St. Louis, Missouri, to the apex of their journey at the mouth of Columbia River on the Pacific Ocean, to the return voyage home. The legend LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION 1804-1806 describes the theme of the medal.

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Louisiana Purchase MapObverse
A frosted-cameo, meticulously engraved scene of Lewis and Clark (both with their long rifles) surveying the undiscovered West, with Toussaint Charbonneau and his wife, Sacagawea, who carries their baby Jean-Baptiste in a papoose on her back. She is shown gesturing and leading the way for the explorers. This vignette was adapted from a mural-sized painting by the great western artist John Ford Clymer and is rendered with various depths of relief to heighten the reality. No legends  mar the artistry of the scene.

Reverse
A cameo proof map of the northwestern United States, marked with the route of the Corps of Discovery's journey. The legend reads LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION 1804-1806. The weight and purity of the medal are indicated by the legend ONE TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER along the lower rim.

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Packaging
Medal in Package This pure silver medal is encapsulated and handsomely presented inside a navy blue and silver gift box lined with red flock. 

Specifications
Country United States of America
   
Weight 31.10 g
Diameter 39.00 mm
 
Finish Proof
Composition    .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
Artist John Clymer

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