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   Silver crosses were among the gifts given to Indian converts by missionaries during the European colonization of the Americas. They became a trade item with the fur companies;  in 1792, one could obtain two small crosses for a single medium sized beaver pelt.
   The forms were usually a Latin or double-armed cross. This cross is a replica of one of the more intr-cate designs from Germany. Silver was generally obtained from melting silver coins.

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German Trade Cross