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Tuscarora Heroes Commemorative Coin: Now Available for Purchase from Lewiston Museum, 716-754-4214 | by HistoricLewiston
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Tuscarora Heroes Commemorative Coin: Now Available for Purchase from Lewiston Museum, 716-754-4214

Just minted... 2013 is the Bicentennial year of the brave action of the Tuscarora Heroes and this magnificent and extra-large 2-inch diameter keepsake will be cherished for generations as a lasting tribute to the Tuscarora Nation and to the brave men who helped Lewiston residents escape the War of 1812 British attack -- a rare moment in American history when Native Americans saved the lives of white settlers against a foreign invasion.


Features on this impressive and highly-collectible souvenir coin include a high definition 3-D relief of the Monument image on the front in matte finish gold with an antique recessed metal background. On the reverse, you'll see the distinctive Tuscarora emblem which depicts the venerated native symbols of the turtle, the Northern White Pine tree and eagle, across the face of the sun. Overlaying the totem is a belt with six stripes, each representing a nation within the Iroquois Confederacy, the oldest established democracy in the world which was founded in 1142 A.D. The Tuscaroras joined the Confederacy as the sixth nation in 1722.


On the front, the Bicentennial date of December 19, 2013, is engraved -- exactly 200 years from the day the Tuscarora men bravely held back an overwhelming British force to save local white settlers from the attack, and the day when the new Tuscarora Heroes Monument will be unveiled. The large bronze monument will stand for thousands of year as a tribute to the Tuscaroras -- a gift of the ages from the people of Lewiston for the friendship and guardianship of the Tuscaroras. On the bottom of the recessed field, are the words in the native Tuscaroran language which translate to "Tuscaroras are courageous" (there is no word in the Tuscarora language that is the equivalent to "hero.")


Chief Elias Johnson, a 19th Century Tuscarora chief and author, is quoted the reverse. His comment, "May our chain of friendship be brighter and brighter as time rolls on" is contained in his book on Tuscarora history which was published in 1881. In a section of the book, Chief Johnson details the Tuscaroras action during the British attack. He documents conversations he had years earlier with Tuscarora men who participated in the action and who provided him first-hand eye-witness accounts.


For more information, you can visit the Tuscarora Heroes website here:




*** HOW TO ORDER ***


Commemorative coins are $10 each, and may be obtained by calling the Lewiston Museum at 716-754-4214. You can charge your purchase over the phone. Coins can be shipped to you for a $4 shipping and handling charge. Otherwise, you can pick your coins up at the Museum at 469 Plain Street, Lewiston, NY 14092. (Please call ahead to make sure someone is there to greet you.) You can also send a check payable to the "Historical Association of Lewiston, Inc." to the above address.

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Taken on February 2, 2013