I guess I'm a sucker for Art Deco. This medal caught my eye in Joe Levine's Presidential Coin & Antique Company email Token & Medal sale list #27. Joe can be reached by email at
IRIS - WIRELESS TELEGRAPH ART DECO MEDAL, 1927. CGI: 3:116A 67.5mm. Bronze. Paul
Marcel Dammann, Sc. (Paris Mint. Edge marked with cornucopia BRONZE.) Choice About Uncirculated.
Obverse with a classical figure of Iris, stepping through the clouds with the signs of the Zodiac contained within a
rainbow behind her. The reverse bears a world globe encircled by an antenna emitting radio waves, Below: TSF
(telegraphie sans fil - wireless)
Mark Jones notes that in this medal,
"Dammann was able to glorify that most intangible of achievements, the
radio, by taking the classical figure, Iris, who was traditionally a messenger of the gods, and adapting her
symbolic significance to modern times. She is shown with the signs of the zodiac contained with the rainbow,
with which she is generally associated, to indicate the speed with which radio waves move through the heavens."
One of the classic art deco images.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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