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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 5, February 3, 2008, Article 20

KNOWN SPECIMENS OF THE DRAKE MAP MEDAL

Regarding the number of known specimens of the silver Drake
map medal, Katie Jaeger writes: "Seven of the nine silver
medals I referred to under No. 99 in the 100 Greatest American
Medals and Tokens are in museums in the U.K.  I took this
figure from a census by a curator at the National Maritime
Museum (London). Our featured piece for 100G No. 99 is the
American Numismatic Society's specimen (thanks to Elena
Stolyarik for providing the photos).

"There are silver reproductions of this original design out
there too: the National Maritime Museum owns some and you
can see them in their online collections catalog.

"The Library of Congress Kraus Collection of Sir Francis
Drake has a link to their nice photos of their specimen,
which they claim to be original:
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"Interestingly, in the Scottish Historical Review for 1908,
Vol. 5, p. 135, Sir John Evans, K.C.B. contended that "three
or at most four" examples were then known to exist, "and the
best of these is in his collection."   He states that Michael
Mercator was the designer (upon which everyone but Forrer
seems to agree), but states the engraver was "F.G.," who also
made a famous print engraving of a world map in Peter Martyr's
De Orbe Novo.  I am making inquiries in hopes of identifying F.G."

 MORE ON THE DRAKE MAP MEDAL AND THE MERCATOR PROJECTION
 esylum_v11n04a18.html

On a non-numismatic tangent Dick Hanscom writes: "Seeing
the piece about Drake's Voyage Map Medal made me think
that perhaps readers could help me on a "quest."

"When in elementary school, I remember a large world map
that was on the wall (or unrolled like a window shade).
It was not a rectangular map like most, with distorted
images as one approached the poles, but it was sliced,
like it was peeled from a globe.  This is "Goode's
Projection."

"I have been hunting for one of these for years for a
wood working project.  I have a favorite search on eBay,
and it has only found one of these in 10 years, grouped
with other maps which made it too expensive for my project.
Internet searches have turned up nothing.

"Condition of the map is unimportant. It can even be in
pieces as this will be used as a template to rout out the
map on wood.  Size is important, and it should be a minimum
of 4 feet wide, preferably larger. Maybe one of our readers
has one in the back shed, salvaged from a 1950s era school!
Thanks for your help."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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