Rich Jewell writes:
I know a few of you may not be Obama fans but his inaugural medals may be worth a few cents in the coming years. Here's an opportunity to order some medals from a well-known sculptor, Amy Kann, for less than the Inaugural Committee's medals. Amy did the Brookgreen Gardens membership medal in 2010. Check out her KickStarter web page.
This is the first time I've seen Kickstarter used in a numismatic context, but it's a great way to fund a project. She's already raised her minimum $1,000. Those who back the project receive individual medals or sets of medals of various versions (bronze/silver/silver plated/numbered) for various funding levels. Below is the text of the page with images of the medal. No, it's not the official inaugural medal, but it's a nice piece.
I sculpted this medal celebrating the second inauguration of Obama and Biden, I want to produce an edition of them.
I am a sculptor and I created this Obama/Biden Inauguration medal. I worked very hard to capture the fine man that our president is. It was my intention to capture his intelligence, determination, and humanity. I would like to produce an edition of this medal, but in order to fund that project, I need a minimum order of 25 bronze medals.
Medals are a wonderful way to collect an artist’s work for a small amount of money. It is like owning a tiny fine sculpture of an artist whose work you might want to own. I collect 19th century American and European medals myself for this reason. These inauguration medals can be made in bronze, silver plated bronze, and fine silver.
There are no risks in this project because I have already spent the time making the original and I have a sample from the company that will produce the medal. It is completed and the molds are already made. The rest of the labor is handled by the striking company.
Check out her video - I took the image of her plaster model from there.
She meant "dies" rather than "molds", and when I mentioned this to her, she agreed and will update the web page.
Amy Kann writes:
They are struck at the Medalcraft mint. I was one of the artists asked to compete for the commission and this is what I created.
I sculpted the Brookgreen Gardens 2010 Medal. I also sculpted the Eric Newman medal for the American Numismatic Society last year. My website is
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Obama 2013 Inauguration Medal
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