first coins issued by a Sovereign Indian Nation were
the 2002 Shawnee Silver Dollar and Five Dollar gold
piece featuring Chief "Shooting Star" Tecumseh
and his brother, Chief Tenskwatawa "The Prophet."
The 2006 Shawnee coins picture the same two leaders,
but this time Tenskwatawa appears on the Silver Dollar
and Tecumseh on the Five Dollar gold coin.
Prophet Tenskwatawa 2006 Silver Dollar is available
in Brilliant Uncirculated for $29 (limited to 50,000)
and Proof for $49 (limited to 25,000). The 2006 Proof
Five Dollars (limited to 5,000) is minted from 1/5 oz.
of pure .999 fine gold, and is available for $246. Each
Shawnee coin comes in a custom presentation box with
a certificate of authenticity. They can be ordered from
official distributor Panda Americe, 3460 Torrance Blvd.,
Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90503; credit card orders can
be placed by calling us toll free at 800-472-6327 Monday
to Friday, 9-5 PST, or at www.PandaAmerica.com.
Prices are subject to change, and shipping is extra.
issues in the Shawnee series are also available.
The Prophet (1775-1837) and his brother Techumseh (1768-1813)
were among the best-known and most feared Indians of
the nineteenth century. They were Shawnee leaders of
a fervent movement to instill Indian unity in the Ohio
Valley from 1805 through the War of 1812. Angered by
the Jefferson administration's attempts to gain Indian
lands through piecemeal cessions, the Prophet preached
resistance. He and his brother also rejected Jeffersonian
suggestions about Indian assimilation, and urged instead
that Indians retain their own culture. By 1811 his resistance
movement had led to sporadic warfare in the Old Northwest.
But in November of that year, William Henry Harrison
routed the Prophet and his allies near Tippecanoe in
the Indiana Territory ... which was the inspiration
for Harrison's presidential campaign slogan "Tippecanoe
and Tyler too."
Tecumseh stood six feet tall, was a spellbinding orator,
regally handsome, courageous in battle ... and was possibly
the greatest native leader to step forward since the
Europeans came in 1492. Tecumseh was also a man of learning
- he studied the Bible and world history -- and compassion.
More than once he intervened to prevent the torture
of prisoners, a common practice among both natives and
whites. Tecumseh protested the poor treatment of Indians
by joining the British against the Americans in the
War of 1812. As a brigadier general, he led 2,000 warriors.
Tecumseh fought at Frenchtown, Raisin River, Fort Meigs,
and Fort Stephenson. His last battle was the Battle
of the Thames at Chatham, Ontario, where, clothed in
Indian deerskin garments, he was killed leading his