The latest addition to the Newman Numismatic Portal is a new book by David Alexander on the medals of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.
Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report. Thanks! -Editor
Medals of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University
by David T. Alexander
The early-1960s brought a "boomlet" in medal collecting, with the issuance of the John F. Kennedy inaugural medal riding the crest of a
rising numismatic wave. Coin World launched in 1960, and the appetite for all things numismatic was strong. By the end of the decade the
Franklin Mint and other manufacturers oversaturated an exhausted collector base with the result that certain artistically worthy medals never
received their full due.
Alexander brings a penetrating light aimed at sorting the wheat from the chaff, and in this case honors the series of medals honoring inductees of
the Hall of Frame for Great Americans at New York University. Issued by Medallic Art Company from 1962 until the mid-1970s, the series consists of 94
medals sculpted by some of the best known engravers of the period. Many of these can today be easily acquired on ebay (a quick search reveals 20
"hits") and other sources for nominal prices. The approach taken by Alexander is similar to his treatment of early 20th century American art medals
(American Art Medals, 1909-1995, published by the American Numismatic Society), including metrology, historical context, and critical
assessments of each medal.
For this project, Alexander contributed text and images to Newman Portal, which were then formatted under NNP sponsorship to accomplish a
professional result worthy of the subject matter. Newman Portal invites other authors to similarly collaborate. Newman Portal NNP acknowledges Doug
Plasencia and Pat Alexander for photography, and Lianna Spurrier for graphics layout and design.
Image: John Paul Jones medal, engraved by Michael Lantz
Link to Medals of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University on Newman Portal:
I read this online and my thoughts were: what great medals! Collect 'em all - I dare you to try! David Alexander's book will be an
indispensable guide and checklist for this uniquely American series. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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