We've published occasional references to the satirical medal series produced by Bob Julian. I recently exchanged some email with web site visitor Travis Main, who had acquired a set of the medals. He later sent a number of photographs, including close-ups of the pieces.
Recently I obtained R.W. Julian's 5 bronze satirical medals. There is so little information on the internet about them. I was very surprised. The main article I saw was by Steve Pelligrini.
His medals are the silver ones though while mine are the bronze versions.
What Travis located was an issue of the MCA Advisory for August 2006 (Volume 9, Number 7) wherein Steve published an article titled "The Political Satire Medals of R.W.
In photographing everything some unique aspects of the medals came to my attention.
On the backs of all the coins are the initials R.W.J. D and C.W.W. F .
All the medals are bronze, however, besides the obvious the medals have side inscriptions which make them stand apart.
The 1977 Media medal has the following inscription on the side "Medallic Art Co. Danbury, CT. - Bronze" (Before that text is the copyright symbol). The 1978 Medal, the Panama Canal Treaty Medal simply has the word "Bronze" on its side (No copyright symbol). The 1979 Medal, the Energy Medal, has the words "1979 Maco - Bronze" (following copyright symbol). The Defense Medal of 1980 has the words "1981 Maco - Bronze" (yes, 1981 following copyright symbol). The final medal, the Justice Medal has the words "1981 Maco Bronze" (following copyright symbol).
Every medal has information with it save the Defense Medal with General Macarthur. I assume that came with information, but I do not have it.
Can anyone supply Travis with a copy of the paperwork accompanying the Defense Medal?
To view all of Travis's images, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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