Another connection of sorts between ancient coinage and today's politicians is an unusual medal (called a "coin" by its promoters) featuring Presidential candidate Barack Obama. This is the first reference I've seen to a numismatic item produced by the 2008 Presidential election campaigns. Are there others? Is anyone cataloging them? -EditorFrom the company's blog:
Against an elaborate backdrop resembling a Greek temple, Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech. An audience of about 84,000 people in the stadium and 40 million TV viewers witnessed this extraordinary event. So what could be a better tribute to Obama than this commemorative coin that marks the occasion that has now become a defining moment in history for millions of people everywhere.
This stunning profile portrayal of Barack Obama is designed in the bold, beautiful Hellenistic style of an Ancient Greek coin. Although the coin honors Obama.s nomination, it is also intended as a cultural outreach gesture from Greece to those who support Obama in the U.S. and abroad.
The face of the coin shows Obama wearing the headdress of the legendary lion-skin cape that protected the mighty Hercules from his enemies.
To read the complete article, see: BarackO Champions Coin (http://apazog.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/baracko-champions-coin2/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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