Pasqua First Nation repatriates treaty medal at RCNA auction

The “much rarer” 1874 Indian Treaty Medal No. 4, sold at the recent Royal Canadian Numismatic Association convention auction, is returning home to the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan.

“Having possession of the Treaty 4 medal is important for the Nation,” the successful bidder writes in a news release from The Canadian Numismatic Company (TCNC), who presented the three-day auction in Halifax in July. “It is symbolic of the sacred Treaty relationship and is a part of our heritage.  It will be available for all to see and will help us teach our youth about the historical event.”

TCNC’s Marc Verret calls it a “great story.”

“A genuinely surprising item with a great story was Lot 1, the Indian Treaty Medal No. 4 selling for over $100,000, with what we believe is a world record for such an item,” he says. “The purchaser of this historical piece was kind enough to share his story and reasoning for the purchase of this lot.”

With a pre-sale estimate of $25,000-plus, the medal sold for $113,525, which includes the buyer’s premium.

“Being a member of the Pasqua First Nation, I was the auction bidder on behalf the Nation,” states the news release. “The Pasqua First Nation is located approximately 65 kilometres east of Regina, Sask., located on the south side of Pasqua Lake a few kilometres west of Fort Qu’Appelle.

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