Exceptional Indian Chief Copper Shield

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money Start Price:1,000.00 USD Estimated At:0.00 - 0.00 USD
Exceptional Indian Chief Copper Shield
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Northwest Coast Indians, Chief’s Copper with painted bird design. “Chief’s coppers,” roughly shaped like shields, were the equivalent of high-denomination banknotes among the Indians of the Northwest Coast. Made of sheet copper, the larger sizes were decorated with figures. They were given away, or sometimes even destroyed, in potlatch ceremonies, as a challenge to another tribe to prove who was wealthier. The competing chief would have to throw away something more valuable to prove he was even more wealthy. Opitz pp. 304-05, ex New Hampshire coin show “years ago.” Exceptional condition. 16”L X 9”W (taken at the narrowest)