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The E-Sylum: Volume 19, Number 52, December 25, 2016, Article 19

SOME INTERESTING MEDALS: DECEMBER 25, 2016

Here are some items that caught my eye in Joe Levine's Email Token and Medal Fixed price List #136. For copies of Joe's price list, email him at JLEVINE968@aol.com. -Editor

1904 SAINT LOUIS WORLD’S FAIR “SILVER” MEDAL

1904 SAINT LOUIS WORLD’S FAIR “SILVER” MEDAL obverse 1904 SAINT LOUIS WORLD’S FAIR “SILVER” MEDAL reverse

SAINT LOUIS WORLD’S FAIR “SILVER” MEDAL, 1904. Hendershot 30- 50; Baxter 108; Krueger 14; Eglit LPE-6. 67x67mm. Bronze. Adolph A. Weinman, Sc.. (U.S. Mint). VF/XF. Obverse with a central medallion of Liberty cloaking herself and a young female figure next to her in the American flag. The field on the reverse is filled by an American eagle with outstretched wings framing a cartouche for the inscription SILVER MEDAL/ LOVISIANA PVRCHASE/ EXPOSITION with a pair of opposed dolphins flanking a scallop shell below.

Baxter finds in this an important precedent for Weinman’s “Walking Liberty” half dollar coin. The field on the reverse is filled by an American eagle with outstretched wings framing a cartouche for the inscription SILVER MEDAL/ LOVISIANA. $115.00

It's always interesting to trace the evolution of an artist's work. medals like these are often precursors to designs submitted later for se on coins. -Editor

1970 MAINE SESQUICENTENNIAL MEDAL

1970 MAINE SESQUICENTENNIAL MEDAL obverse 1970 MAINE SESQUICENTENNIAL MEDAL reverse

MAINE SESQUICENTENNIAL MEDAL, 1970. 63.4mm. .999 Silver. (6.95 oz.) G.W. Carter, Sc. (MACO) Choice Unc. Original box & pamphlet. Obv: Eagle flying high above scene with Indian settlement and lake. DAWN OF AMERICA above. Rx: Circle of stars around SESQUECENTENNIAL above mountain view. Below, state seal/MAINE. $165.00

I like this design, particularly the obverse. -Editor

1915 PANAMA PACIFIC EXPOSITION OFFICIAL AWARD MEDAL

1915 PANAMA PACIFIC EXPOSITION OFFICIAL AWARD MEDAL obverse 1915 PANAMA PACIFIC EXPOSITION OFFICIAL AWARD MEDAL reverse

PANAMA PACIFIC EXPOSITION OFFICIAL AWARD MEDAL, 1915. Baxter 114; Marqusee 150. 70.4mm. Bronze. John Flanagan, Sc. (U.S. Mint). Gem XF/AU with a minor edge bruise at 11:00. The obverse bears a pair of nude figures representing the uniting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The reverse features a view of the Jewell Tower, the architectural centerpiece of the exposition, surrounded by an expo legend. MEDAL OF AWARD inscribed within a cartouche below the building. The medal is housed in its uninscribed round black fabric case of issue.

The U.S. Mint struck only 2,000 of these medals in bronze - far fewer than the numbers struck for the official award medals for the Columbian and the 1904 Saint Louis Expositions. $210.00

Interesting symbolism. What do you get when you unite the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans? The Mississippi river?

Here are a few more medals I happened across on auction sites this week. -Editor

1998 M.C. Escher Medal

1998 M.C. Escher Medal obverse 1998 M.C. Escher Medal reverse

1998, the Netherlands

M.C. Escher.
Manufacturer: Koninklijke Begeer.
Bronze remembrance token.
Diameter: 70 mm.
1998
In original box, with certificate.

This caught my eye because I've always been a fan of the amusing artwork of M. C. Escher. I occasionally work in a building with a double staircase that strikes me as particularly Escheresque - I half expect to see someone walking at a 90-degree angle. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
7. M.C. Escher for Koninklijke Begeer - Bronze remembrance token 100th birthday (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/9307501-m-c-escher-for-koninklijke-begeer-bronze-remembrance-token-100th-birthday)

1928 IX Olympiad Amsterdam Medal

1928 IX Olympiad Amsterdam Medal obverse 1928 IX Olympiad Amsterdam Medal reverse

Jaap Kaas
Beauty in sport of the IX Olympiad, Amsterdam 1928.
Bronze medal, 40 mm.

Obverse: A runner in a stylized stadium in the style of the expressionists of the Amsterdam School.
Reverse: Monogram of the Association on a blank background with the year 1928.
Text: Schoonheid in sport

For a "Beauty in sport" medal, that's a really ugly athlete. Intriguing design, though. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
142. The Netherlands – Medal 'Beauty in sport' IX Olympiad Amsterdam 1928 – Bronze (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/9366195-the-netherlands-medal-beauty-in-sport-ix-olympiad-amsterdam-1928-bronze)

Medallic Art Company 50th Anniversary Medal

Medallic Art Company 50th Anniversary Medal obverse Medallic Art Company 50th Anniversary Medal reverse

A bronze medallion commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Medallic Art Company. The obverse shows a winged head with a lion pelt and a coin press, and the reverse shows a hand holding the medallion with the inscription “1900-1950 Medallic Art Company 50th Anniversary”.

Nice design. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Medallic Art Company 50th Anniversary Bronze Commemorative Bronze Medal (www.ebth.com/items/4983701-medallic-art-company-50th-anniversary-bronze-commemorative-bronze-medal)

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