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Be one of the first collectors anywhere to own the new
2006 Poarch Creek Nation Coins

The new 2006 coins issued by the Sovereign Nation of Poarch Creek Indians honor Chiefs Tomochichi and Stee-chaco-me-co, and commemorate the annual Pow Wow. The Chief Tomochichi and Pow Wow 2006 Silver Dollars are each 1 oz. of .999 fine silver limited to 20,000 in Brilliant Uncirculated quality, issued at $29 each, and 10,000 in Proof, issued at $49 each. The Chief Stee-chaco-me-co 2006 Five Dollar 1/5 oz. .999 fine Gold Proofs are limited to 2,500 pieces, and have an official issue price of $246. Each coin comes in a presentation box embossed with the logo of the Sovereign Nation of Poarch Creek Indians, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. The official distributor Panda America is the first to offer these new coins to collectors. Credit card orders can be placed by calling us toll free at 800-472-6327 Monday to Friday, 9-5 PST, or click on the appropriate items below. All coins issued by the Sovereign Nation of Poarch Creek Indians from 2003-2006 can be seen and purchased on www.PandaAmerica.com by clicking here.

 

Chief Tomochichi (c. 1644-1739) is shown on the 2006 Silver Dollar issued by the Poarch Creek Nation, along with his nephew Toonahowi, who later became his successor. Tomochichi contributed much to the establishment of peaceful relations between the native Georgia population and the new English settlers, led by General James Oglethorpe.

About 1728 Tomochichi created his own tribe of the Yamacraws from an assortment of Creek and Yamasee Indians after the two nations disagreed over future relations with the English and the Spanish. His group, approximately two hundred people, settled on the bluffs of the Savannah River because the location was the resting place of his ancestors and had close proximity to English traders.

When General James Oglethorpe and his fellow settlers reached the region in February 1733, they realized the need to negotiate fairly with the neighboring Indian tribes or risk the success of their enterprise. Among Oglethorpe's entourage was Mary Musgrove, daughter of a Creek mother and an English father, who served as interpreter between the general and the chief. Tomochichi had had previous contact with English colonists, making him unafraid yet cautious. The aging warrior had several different options available, but he decided to receive the new arrivals and to give them permission to establish Savannah in order to take advantage of trading and diplomatic connections.

During the first five years of English settlement, Tomochichi provided invaluable assistance to the new colony. One year after Oglethorpe's arrival, the Indian chief accompanied him back to England along with a small delegation of family and Lower Creek tribesmen. There, Tomochichi expertly fulfilled the position as mediator for his people during numerous meetings with important English dignitaries. He politely followed English mannerisms in his public appearances while pushing for recognition and realization of the demands of his people for education and fair trade.

Tomochichi died on October 5, 1739, when he was in his late nineties. His contributions to the colony of Georgia were celebrated with an English military funeral, and the grave site was commemorated with a marker of "a Pyramid of Stone" collected from the vicinity. He left his wife Senauki and his nephew Toonahowi in charge of his small tribe

The second 2006 Poarch Creek Silver Dollar features an energetic dancer at a Pow Wow and an Indian rider on a galloping horse. Originally held as a homecoming for tribal members in 1971, the Poarch Creek Indian Pow Wow has evolved into a cultural festival attracting approximately 10,000 visitors yearly. During the 1980s, the Pow Wow was extended to a two-day festival and now encompasses the Friday after Thanksgiving. The present site of the gathering is on land originally inhabited by this Native American tribe for thousands of years. Performances of ancestral dancers in authentic dress are at the core of the festival.

The new Five Dollar Gold piece honors Chief Steeh-tcha-kó-me-co, also known as the Great King or Ben Perryman; he was a tribal chief of some prominence among the Creeks in Alabama. Ben's father was a white man who married into the Creek tribe. An Englishman, Captain Young, wrote about 1818 that "the Chief was Ben Perryman and was regarded as honest and friendly towards the white people".

The only other known historical information is that Benjamin moved to Fort Gibson, in Indian Territory, February 1828, with the Chilli McIntosh Party. The party consisted of adherents of the McIntosh faction of the Creek Nation from the Lower Creek towns along the Chattahoochee River that divides Alabama and Georgia. They traveled by boat, and Benjamin was accompanied by six sons and two daughters: Samuel, Columbus, Moses, James, Lewis, Henry, Lydia, and Mary.

Coins were designed by award-winning sculptor Alex Shagin.

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