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English: "Happy While United" was the slogan on a medal coined by the State of Virginia in 1780. First envisioned by Thomas Jefferson, the medal was minted and designed to be given to Indian signatories to the treaties Jefferson planned with the First Peoples of Virginia. Some of the bronze medals were given to General Joseph Martin, agent to the Cherokees, for distribution by Martin to Cherokee chiefs. The medal portrays a Virginia colonial sitting enjoying a peace pipe with a Native American. The obverse portrays a variation of the Virginia state seal of the state symbol standing triumphant over a slain enemy with the legend: "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God." The state's motto is 'Sic Semper Tyrannis', the Latin for 'Thus Always to Tyrants.' File:Happy While United colonial medal.jpg
Date 1780
Author State of Virginia (Robert Scot)


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