Mary K. writes: I was wondering is there a museum which has the original large James K. Polk peace medal that is made of silver. Was there peace metal made of pot-metal? How thick is the peace metal? I would love it if you can give me some information. Thank you.
The 1845 James K. Polk Peace medals were struck in only silver and bronze. The medals were available for sale to the public after 1861 and continued to be struck after 1892.
There are two sizes 51 mm and 61 mm. The larger size is most often encountered. Modern gold colored brass versions may still be available from the Mint’s medals catalog.