Extremely Rare Danish Abolitionist Medal Acquired by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Author: John Kraljevich   -   Monday January 15, 2018

This past week (Jan 10th 2018), Colonial Williamsburg announced their acquisition of one of the most important medals I’ve ever handled: the medal coined by Denmark to commemorate the end of the slave trade to the Danish West Indies (today the US Virgin Islands) in 1792. Slavery persisted in the Danish islands until 1848 (even longer than in the British West Indies), but Denmark was the first of the colonizing nations of the New World to decline further participation in the Atlantic Slave Trade. This medal is particularly important as it is regarded as the first lifelike medallic portrait of someone of African descent.

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