Regarding the above medal, last week I asked, "So who's Gus? And what was the occasion for the awarding of this medal?"
David Alexander writes:
"Gus" was the pen name of Augustus B. Sage for his column "Gleanings from Coins" in the "New York Sunday Dispatch" before the Civil War. His "Award" was from fellow writer Charles Ira Bushnell, pen name "Numismatist," in honor of Sage's trenchant critiques of "A Manual of the Gold and Silver
Coins of All Nations" first published in 1842. Three medals were
Thanks! A great and very rare medal with a marvelous story. By the way, Alexander received the Token and Medal Society Mishler Award for Exonumia Cataloguing for his book "American Art Medals, 1909-1995, Circle of Friends of the Medallion and Society of Medalists." Congratulations!
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WAYNE'S NUMISMATIC DIARY: AUGUST 19, 2012
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