Last week I wondered if there were any numismatic items relating to earlier bomb attacks.
Pete Smith responded with this image of an item related to the 1886 Chicago Haymarket bombing:
This was Lot 3138 of the Holabird - Kagin sale of June 30, 2011. It had a reserve of $100 and did not sell.
I'd rather have shrapnel embedded in a token than my flesh. Note the legend: "Souvenir / Haymarket / Massacre / Chicago" and "Anarchist Bomb Exploded May 4, 86".
Rich Hartzog adds:
This also comes holed as made, and I have one.
So here's a question for E-Sylum readers, many of whom have already forgotten more about minting technology than I'll ever know in the first place: How exactly were these pieces made? Shrapnel by nature is irregularly sized and shaped. So how did they fit each piece into a planchet and get it to stay there? Were the planchets cast around a piece of shrapnel, then struck with the design?
Gar Travis forwarded this article about a future bombing-related medal. Thanks!
Four Alabama girls killed in a 1963 terrorist bombing at their church would posthumously receive the Congressional Gold Medal under legislation House lawmakers approved unanimously Wednesday.
The medal is the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow.
The Senate also is expected to approve the legislation honoring the four girls, whose deaths became a defining moment of the civil rights movement. Once the proposal becomes law, a medal ceremony is planned for later this year in the U.S. Capitol, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
Addie Mae Collins, 14; Denise McNair, 11; Carole Robertson, 14; and Cynthia Wesley, 14, were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen who planted a bomb at the 16th Street Baptist Church, a prominent black church in downtown Birmingham, Ala.
The murders shocked the country and prompted Congress to enact civil rights legislation. Three of the bombers were eventually convicted.
Sisters of two of the bombing victims watched from the House gallery Wednesday as lawmakers discussed the medal legislation. Afterward, the sisters posed for pictures on the steps of the Capitol and had lunch with Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., the lead sponsor of the legislation.
Sewell said the official medal ceremony probably will take place in early September before the anniversary of the bombing on Sept. 15.
Bachus and Sewell said it has taken 50 years to fully appreciate what the girls' murders meant to the history of the country and the world, and the value of non-violent protest to affect social change.
"It has stood the test of time," Bachus said.
To read the complete article, see:
House approves medal for victims of 1963 church bombing
See also the Royal Mint tour article elsewhere in this issue -
four employees were killed when a bomb hit the Royal Mint building at in London on June 13, 1917. Can anyone tell us more about this incident? Are there any coin or medallic items related to this event?
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
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