We had two articles relating to R. W. Julian last week, one quoting a local newspaper article about him, and another about his satirical medals. He forwarded the following notes to clarify a few issues. Thanks!
Bob Julian writes:
1) The 1960 exchange of books was with the Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. The library microfilmed books for me in exchange for American references, mostly of a cultural nature, such as one on Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture. Dr. I.G. Spasskii, of the Numismatic Department of the State Hermitage, had suggested that I contact this library.
2) The 1977 "rare coin book" was actually a book on local history. A friend, L'Dean Cornelius, and I published for the Cass County Historical Society a book with 600 photographs of this area with commentary. The book has done well with several reprints and about 5,500 sold; it has proven to be a steady source of income for the Society.
3) I have not seen the Pelligrini article for some time but memory says it was rather inaccurate. There were no silver medals though I did have a few copper-nickel medals struck each year; I also had process sets made. Pelligrini claimed to have sent me a letter asking questions but, if so, I never received it. He did send a copy in advance of the submission and I contacted him to point out the errors but I don't think anything was changed.
4) The artist was Warner Williams, who did not always agree with the topics, but enjoyed doing them anyway. He died shortly after the series ended.
5) The profits were donated to the ANA and ANS.
6) I have all of the original dies but they were lightly defaced so that there would be no future issues.
7) I think the edge lettering was standard for Medallic Art Company at that time.
Dave Alexander writes:
Thanks for the stories on R.W. Julian's satirical medals. I treasure my set, recalling that one arrived just as the epic 1978 blizzard was beginning to bury my home in Sidney, Ohio. The satiricals were a welcome diversion for a few days.
Joe Boling writes:
My dad and I each had a set of Bob Julian's satirical medals. Since I recently inherited my dad's set back (from my mother - he died decades ago), they are in the front of my safe (it's anybody's guess where my own are). So I sent Travis Main an email offering him a copy of the insert sheet for the Defense medal.
To read the Pelligrini article, see:
The MCA Advisory, Volume 9, Number 7, August 2006
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
ARTICLE PROFILES AUTHOR ROBERT W. JULIAN
THE POLITICAL SATIRE MEDALS OF R.W. JULIAN 1977-1981
Wayne Homren, Editor
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