These two unique die trial splashers were in a collection for over four generations. They eventually sold in a major auction where they were described as "a simply spectacular item." The auction listing also emphasized that "items such as this are truly among the most unusual and rare delights to come from the U.S. Mint."
Anthony Paquet designed the 1865 Andrew Johnson Indian Peace Medal. He also designed many U.S. Patterns including the 1861 "Paquet Reverse" $20 Liberty Double Eagle.
These two unique splashers were struck in white metal on thick plain paperboard. The obverse die splasher is Julian IP-41, obverse. 64mm. 315.9 grains. AU. It is a splasher from the die that struck the obverse of the medium size Andrew Johnson Indian Peace Medal. The reverse die splasher is Julian IP-41, reverse. 63.3mm. 270.0 grains. AU. It is a splasher from the die that struck the reverse of the medium size Andrew Johnson Indian Peace Medal.
These unique die trials are in high relief. Paquet struck this pair of uniface splashers during the Civil War commemorating President Andrew Johnson on the obverse and portraying a fascinating Indian Peace pictorial on the reverse. The reverse also portrays a bust of Washington, making this medal well known to collectors of Washingtoniana. The quality is remarkable considering that these were struck during the Civil War and have been properly stored and kept for 140 years.
These Andrew Johnson Indian Peace Medal Splashers would be the highlight of a collection of Indian Peace Medals, Patterns and Medals struck by Paquet or die trials and splashers struck in the U.S. Mint.
Andrew Johnson Indian Peace Medals in Silver sell for $25,000 and are widely collected and in demand.