Last week I got confused between the official Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Medal and one of the nonselected designs. Joe Levine and Ron Thompson set me straight. Sorry! -Editor
Ron Thompson writes:
The article in January 19th E-Sylum on Obama Inaugural Medal Designer Daniel Altshuler said a team of sculptors was selected to design the Obama medal. A check of the official web site for inaugural memorabilia shows that it gives credit only to Mark Mellon.
I don't know of any issued inaugural medal that Daniel Altshuler designed. Perhaps the title should have been "Article Interviews Medal Designer Daniel Altshuler."
Indeed - Ron is correct. I should have known better, having published a piece about Mellon's design the previous week. Below are images of the two designers and their medals - Marc Mellon is on the left, Altshuler is on the right.
That was only one of my mistakes in the last issue - I noticed some typos yesterday. I'll blame the Pittsburgh Steelers for winning a great playoff game Sunday night, leaving me less time than usual to finalize and publish the issue. Go Steelers!
Also, my apologies to readers who don't get a timely reply to their submissions - lately these seem to be piling up in my inbox until late in the week. -Editor
Joe Levine adds:
The reverse of the official medal is by Thomas Rogers (not Marc Mellon) in spite of the inaugural committee website not giving Tom (designer of the Sacagawea dollar) credit for his design.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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