1853 Franklin Pierce Indian Peace Medal. Silver. Large Size. 76 mm. 2,434.1 grains. Julian IP-32, Prucha-49. Choice Extremely Fine.Neatly pierced for suspension as usual, with an early and likely original suspension ring remaining, which is rarely seen. Richly toned in pastel blue and champagne gold over antique gray surfaces, still retaining much of their original reflective character. Subtle hairlines are visible under the toning and a batch of hairline scratches is present behind Pierces portrait. There are scattered minor marks consistent with an awarded medal and a few short jogging scratches under P of PRESIDENT. The very thick rims show surprisingly few marks and no damage; they are thickest (5.0 mm) at top of obverse and thinnest (4.3 mm) at base. The planchet was case, as on all of this type, and some light casting depressions remain near the white mans raised hand at the central reverse. Some light double striking is apparent, most notable at the J. WILLSON signature in the reverse exergue. A simply beautiful and very well preserved medal, little worn though clearly awarded--an ideal combination. Beautifully toned and most impressive in this largest format. Indeed, this piece realized $25,850 when we sold it in August 2013.From the collection of Jochen Zeitz. Earlier from our sale of the Charles A. Wharton Collection, August 2013, lot 1056.