Winchester 73 (1967)
US silver dollars, Barber quarters, and an Indian peace medal
The 1967 Universal Western film "Winchester 73" shows some US coins used as shooting targets
and an Indian wearing an Indian Peace Medal.
compete in a shooting contest for a prize Winchester rifle and later become in various adventures
with outlaws, Indians, Mexicans, and each other as the rifle is passed around among them.
Winchester Repeating Arms Company and was known as "The Gun that Won the West".
Later an Indian chief wears a President Buchanan Indian Peace Medal.
A prologue describes the prize rifle and the period of the film.
It is noted later that President Grant owns one, setting the film in the period around 1876.
2. Town celebration
Many people have arrived for the celebration and the shooting contest.
3. Dealing cards
A closeup shows the tray of coins.
4. Silver dollars in tray
Morgan silver dollars can be seen in the tray.
They were manufactured from 1878 to 1904 and again in 1921.
5. Smaller coins in tray
Some smaller coins appear to the right of the dollars.
Ben has two sons, Lin and Dan and Bart has one son Dakin.
Lin McAdam is the sheriff of the town and Dan is his younger brother.
Dakin is an outlaw who arrives in town after spending six years in prison.
6. Signing up
Dakin pays a boy to sign him up for the contest.
The entry fee is stated as five dollars in gold.
7. Shooting contest
The three cousins compete in the shooting contest.
Younger brother Dan is eliminated and Lin and Dakin are the finalists.
8. Flying silver dollar
The silver dollar is a Morgan type.
9. It's a hit
The contest moves to using smaller coins, this time quarters (twenty-five cent coins).
10. Flying quarter
The quarter is a Barber quarter, named after the designer Charles Barber.
A United States Barber quarter:
11. United States Barber Quarter 1915
The Barber quarter was made from 1892 to 1916.
Dakin fails to hit a quarter but Lin does hit one, winning the contest for the rifle.
"High-Spade", who has a bunch of ordinary rifles and pistols which he plans to sell to Indians.
12. Closeup of the rifle
The two men play cards for the rifle with Meriden serving as dealer.
13. High-Spade and Dakin play for the rifle
A scene shows the cash and the rifle on the table.
14. Cards and cash on the table
High-Spade wins the rifle and gives Dakin an unloaded pistol as a gift.
He leaves to deliver his shipment to the Indian buyers but plans to keep the Winchester.
15. High-Spade arrives with the guns
Two Indians arrive to pick up the rifles.
16. Indian gun buyers
Wild Bear and the Chief are the buyers and the Chief is wearing a medal.
17. Indian chief wearing peace medal
The medal is a President Buchanan Indian Peace Medal, around three inches in diameter.
The US Mint makes smaller 34 mm (1.5 inch) copies of these medals and sells them to collectors.
A President Buchanan Medal:
18. President James Buchanan Indian Peace Medal 1857 - US Mint Copy
Obverse: JAMES BUCHANAN / PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES / 1857
Reverse: Two men with flag / LABOR VIRTUE HONOR
Wild Bear wants the prize rifle, kills High-Spade and, takes it.
The chief wants nothing to do with this and rides off.
He begins shooting at them, Lin McAdam rides up, the two men engage in a gunfight with the Indian dying.
and the men decide to take it to the Padre (Roman Catholic priest) at the nearby Church of St. Jude
to have it blessed.
Bart, Lin, and Dan have been pursuing Dakin and encounter him at the church.
19. Bart and Lin meet Dakin in church
Bart tries to persuade his son Dakin to surrender and accept a trial, but Dakin's two partners
overpower Bart and Lin and hold them at gunpoint.
20. Dakin eyeing the church goods
The little Mexican girl and her father arrive with the prize rifle.
21. Little girl with a big gun
The girl's father surprises the men and a gunfight ensues between Lin and Dakin.
Lin's brother Dan has gone outside and had his own fight with Dakin's outlaw partners.
Dan manages to dispatch both of them.
23. Brothers together
The two men agree to work for the good of the town and each other.
Tom Tryon as Lin McAdam
John Saxon as Dakin McAdam
Barbara Luna as Meriden
Dan Duryea as Bart McAdam
Paul Fix as Ben McAdam
David Pritchard as Dan McAdam
John Dehner as High-Spade Johnny Dean
Joan Blondell as Larouge
Writers: Richard L. Adams, Stephen Kandel, Borden Chase, Robert L. Richards