Dave Alexander writes:
The artist who created the Monnaie de Paris medal of Edgar Allan Poe was Annette Landry (born
1907). She placed elements of Poe's poetry and prose on her reverse, notably references to
Annabelle Lee and Ulalume. The corbeau or raven is the mysterious bird with the one-word
The Hall of Fame for Great Americans (HOF) Poe medal by Michael Lantz was an artistic triumph
with amazingly high relief. Little known to many of today's collectors, the HOF series was an
Scott Miller writes:
Regarding medallic representations of Edgar Allan Poe, there is also a 1909 bronze plaque
published by the Grolier Club by Edith Woodman Burroughs
Grolier Club Memorial of Edgar Allen Poe
Edith Woodman Burroughs (American, Riverdale, New York 1871–1916 Flushing, New York)
Dimensions: Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of R. T. Haines Halsey, 1909
Accession Number: 09.116
For more information, see:
Memorial of Edgar Allen Poe
Joe Levine also cites this plaque - he provided the following three items not
listed in the previous article. Thanks! -Editor
EDGAR ALLAN POE GROLIER CLUB PLAQUE, 1911. Storer 2009. 178mm. Cast Bronze. Edith Woodman
Burroughs, Sc. Cast by Roman Bronze Works, NYC. (Edge incused R.B.W./ N.Y.) EDGAR ALLEN POE above a
front facing bust of Poe dividing the Roman numeral dates of 1809 and 1909. The seal of the Grolier
Club is in the middle right field.
According to the records of the club, 277 copies were cast in bronze and 3 in silvered. (G)
PORTRAIT PLAQUE OF EDGAR ALLEN POE, 1913. 7" . Cast Bronzed White metal. Jeno Jusko,
Sc. (Metal Products Mfg. Co., NYC. Mounted on a 9 1/4 x 12” wooden board. Here is a handsome high
relief front facing bust of the famous author; his facsimile signature in the left field.
This is one of thirty three medallic plaques issued by Thomas Elder in a series he entitled
"MEDALLIONS OF "THE IMMORTALS." The medallions, all of which came from the talented
hand of Jeno Juszko, were made of "Corinthian bronze" (actually bronzed white metal) and
were issued "solidly riveted to handsome solid walnut panels." They were made in three
sizes; 13" mounted on a 16x19" panel ($10.00); 7", mounted on a 9 1/2 x 12"
panel ($5.00) , and 4" on a 6 1/2 x 8 1/2" panel ($1.50) .
EDGAR ALLEN POE PLAQUETTE, 1988. 126 x 149.5mm. Bronze. Alex Shagin, Sc. This intriguing
work is shaped like an open book with a haunting portrait of Poe on the left page and his name,
“Edgar/ Allen/ POE on the right. The reverse is enigmatic. A brick wall is shown on the left with
the inscription OPUS/ARTUM at lower left. A manacled hand with a chain leading to the bars of a
cell is depicted on the right. We asked Mr. Shagin for its meaning and he replied, “mini-monument.”
“The face, the hand… you guess the rest.”
Our guess is that the reverse is as allusion to Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum” Shagin states
that he has sold “about 40” of these.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATIC REMEMBRANCES OF EDGAR ALLAN
Wayne Homren, Editor
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