This Five Dollar Gold piece is the 3rd in the series; it pictures Chief Steeh-tcha-kó-me-co, also known as the Great King or Ben Perryman; he was a tribal chief of some prominence among the Creeks in Alabama. Ben’s father was a white man who married into the Creek tribe. An Englishman, Captain Young, wrote about 1818 that “the Chief was Ben Perryman and was regarded as honest and friendly towards the white people”.
The only other known historical information is that Benjamin moved to Fort Gibson, in Indian Territory, February 1828, with the Chilli McIntosh Party. The party consisted of adherents of the McIntosh faction of the Creek Nation from the Lower Creek towns along the Chattahoochee River that divides Alabama and Georgia. They traveled by boat, and Benjamin was accompanied by six sons and two daughters: Samuel, Columbus, Moses, James, Lewis, Henry, Lydia, and Mary.