Hudson's Bay Company Medal - ROM2006_6261_1

ROM2006_6261_1

Hudson's Bay Company Medal

Maker: Designed and engraved by Konrad Heinrich Küchler (c. 1740-1810) for the Soho Mint (c. 1786-1810)
Medium:Copper
Geography: Birmingham, England
Date: c. 1800
Dimensions:
6.5 (height) x 4.8 (diameter) cm
Object number: 949.69.6
Credit Line: H.R. Jackman Fund
Not on view
DescriptionThe obverse of this medal has a bust of King George III, the reverse the arms of the Hudson’s Bay Company. It belonged to three variant series of medals (in silver, bronze and copper) that were distributed by the Hudson’s Bay Company to First Nations peoples at the turn of the 19th century, in an effort to re-affirm longstanding trading alliances during a period when it faced stiff competition from the North West Company. Only silver was fit for a chief, while bronze and copper medals were meant for lesser tribal members.
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