Panda America is happy to announce the release of the Shawnee Nation 2010 Gold Coin Featuring Tecumseh's brother - Chief Cheeseekau! Tecumseh’s father rose to the rank of a chief, and fell in battle in 1774, leaving six sons and one daughter. Cheeseekau, the eldest, helped to raise Tecumseh making him a distinguished warrior, and instilling into his mind a love of truth. Cheeseekau had fought by the side of his father and, some years later on April 30, 1792, he was mortally wounded during an attack on Buchannan's Station, a frontier fort near Nashville,Tennessee. A day or two before the attack, Shawnee Chief Cheeseekau made a speech to his followers, and predicted the hour that they would reach the fort, and that he would be shot in the forehead and killed. An effort was made by his followers to induce him to turn back, but he refused. As he predicted, the battle took place and Cheeseekau fell in battle. His last words expressed the joy he felt at dying in battle; he did not wish, he said, to be buried at home, but preferred that the fowls of the air should pick his bones. Young Tecumseh witnessed this.
Cheeseekau follows the appearance of Tecumseh (2002 and 2006) and their younger brother, Tenskwatawa “The Prophet” (2002), on coins issued by The Sovereign Nation of the Shawnee Tribe, the first Federally recognized tribe of Native Americans to issue coins. A portrait of Chief Cheeseekau is featured on the 2010 Five Dollar Gold Coin, minted in proof quality, containing 1/5 troy oz. of .999 fine gold. A maximum of 5,000 coins have been authorized.