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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 8, February 18, 2001, Article 8

VOCABULARY ANSWER: QUASQUICENTENNIAL 

   Last week your Editor asked: "If a medal for a 100-year 
   anniversary is a centennial medal, and a medal for a 
   150-year anniversary is a sesquicentennial medal, is there 
   a name for a 125-year anniversary medal?" 

   Jim Porter's trigger finger was right on the buzzer - 
   within minutes he replied that "... the answer is 
   "quasquicentennial". I'm citing this web page: 
   http://www.rbls.lib.il.us/dpl/FAQcenn.htm" 

   "Quasquicentennial" ... Kinda rolls off the tongue, 
   doesn't it?   I ask because one of my local clubs 
   is considering striking such a medal in 2003 on the 
   anniversary of its founding in 1878. 

   ANA Museum Curator Robert Hoge concurs, as 
   does D. Wayne Johnson who writes: "The name for 
   a 125th anniversary is quasquicentennial.  When I was 
   cataloging all the firm's medals for Medallic Art Company 
   I compiled a chart of all the useful anniversary names. 

   Later I learned there are rules for these names. And that 
   every year can have a word name (not just the major 
   anniversaries). This was brought to my attention when 
   reading Playboy  (I look at the pictures in numismatic books, 
   I read the text in the January 1975 issue of Playboy!)  The 
   year before our nation's 200th anniversary (Bicentennial, 
   remember?) an author came up with the name for that year: 
   the nation's 199th anniversary. I learned the formulae from 
   this (and it works for any year). 

   For anyone interested I will email that Anniversary Name chart. 
   But it will take some time to put that formulae into words (and 
   find that old copy of Playboy). Contact: dick.johnson@snet.net" 

   Finally, Bill Spengler writes: "In your much-appreciated 
   E-Sylum of Feb. 11 you asked: "...is there a name for a 
   125-year anniversary medal?"  I don't know about its 
   application to medals but I offer the following on the term 
   itself. 

   By sheer coincidence, last week while driving on Interstate 
   80 in west-central Iowa I stopped in the hamlet of Casey 
   (population around 500) to do a little antiquing.  In one 
   shop a few pieces of porcelain commemorating the 125th 
   anniversary of li'l ole Casey in 1994 happened to catch my 
   eye.  The reason was their carrying the word 
   "QUASQUICENTENNIAL"  in bold letters, a term I 
   couldn't recall having seen before.  At the time I had no idea 
   this piece of trivia might come in handy so soon.  But here it 
   is for your consideration.  It is not to be found in Webster's 
   Unabridged, but I am told that the Casey city fathers were 
   pretty sure of the accuracy of their etymology or they 
   wouldn't have cast the term in porcelain!" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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