The following item caught my eye this week. It appeared in Joe Levine's Presidential Coin & Antique Company fixed price list #13. For copies of Joe's price list, email him at JLEVINE968@aol.com.
DETROIT MAYOR’S MEDAL, 1963. 63.4mm. Bronze. Marshall Fredericks, Sc. (MACO).
Uncirculated with some light discoloration on the reverse as shown. . The obverse is a depiction of the
seal of the city containing a representation of the Detroit fire in which the entire city burned with only one
building saved from the flames. The figure of the left weeps over the destruction while the figure on the
right gestures to the new city that will rise in its place. The two line Latin inscription at center reads:
SPERAMVS RESVRGET/ MELIORA CINERIBVS (“We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise
From the Ashes”) The reverse is inscribed SPIRIT OF DETROIT above a replication of
Frederick’s statue of the same name; a 26 foot figure holding a globe which is one of the most
recognized monuments in the city.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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