In last week's article about the anniversary of Sudbury, Canada's "Big Nickel" sculpture, Dick Johnson wrote:
But there is another numismatic angle to The Big Nickel story. To raise money back in 1963-64, when Szilva was building the statue, he created and sold medals to underwrite the cost. If memory serves me right, it was that same 1951 nickel in a size, of course, larger than the coin. And I'll wager an E-Sylum reader will respond, "Hey, I have one of those!" Prove it. Send Wayne an image.
Tom DeLorey writes:
I do not have one to take an image of, but the Big Nickel medallion looks like the 1951 commemorative nickel enlarged to about 39 or 40 mm.
I visited the Big Nickel park back in 1978 while on vacation with my father. We were driving around Lake Huron, and I figured I might never be in Sudbury again. I was right. There was an affiliated attraction where for a few dollars you could ride a gondola down the shaft of a nickel mine. I don't know if it is still open.
Thanks, Tom. I'd still like to document the existence of the Big Nickel medal, so keep at eye out for it in your travels, everyone. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: CANADA'S BIG NICKEL CELEBRATES AN ANNIVERSARY (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v12n30a22.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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