1837 Martin Van Buren Indian Peace Medal. Small Size. Silver. 51 mm. 50.19 grams. Julian IP-19, Prucha-44. About Uncirculated.Pierced for suspension at 12 oclock, as usual, but with no loop. This is an especially handsome example of this very scarce issue, with lustrous deep pearl gray patina that offers originality and tremendous eye appeal. Boldly struck over the surfaces on both sides, with just some light friction on the highest points of the portrait on the obverse and higher points of the reverse, such as the thumb of the Native American and the cuff buttons on the soldiers uniform. The usual array of marks are seen, expected of an awarded Indian Peace medal, as well as a couple of light curved pin scratches in the right obverse field. The rims and edges are relatively free of nicks and bumps. Finer in respect to actual wear, and with fewer surface marks than any of the three examples of this medal we have sold in the last 11 years. We are aware of no other offerings of a small size Van Buren in this time frame, however in earlier years the Dreyfuss piece was much more worn than this one and the Ford collection included three specimens in this size, only one of which was sharper. Though 112 pieces are believed to have been struck and it is thought that perhaps 25 to 30 might exist today, they are not commonly seen in the marketplace.From Sothebys sale of the William Guthman Collection, December 2005, lot 358.