Harry Waterson writes:
"As to the 1964 NYWF medal, may I direct you to The MCA Advisory?
"New York City - A Tercentennial of Medals; The MCA Advisory, Quarterly Journal of The Medal Collectors of America Vol. 23, Nos. 1&2, Medal Collectors of America, Boston, MA March/June Issue, Spring/Summer 2020 pp57-58."
"Additionally I have attached the little leaflet that accompanied each boxed medal. While there is no mention of process series for sale, process was on the mind of the leaflet writer as he went into it in some detail."
Harry also included links to Dick Johnson's databank entry on Anthony de Francisci, the medal's designer, and an earlier E-Sylum article on the topic. Thanks!
"Dick Johnson’s entry for de Francisci catalogs at least 6 different reverses for the medal. All are pictured.
"While I have never seen a process set for this medal something keeps nagging at me that there is a reference to one that I have read but, alas, alack, the memory has faded."
To read Dick Johnson's article, see:
de FRANCISCI, Anthony (1887-1964) Italian-American sculptor, medalist.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE LIFE AND WORK OF ANTHONY DE FRANCISCI
George Cuhaj writes:
"Process sets were sometimes offered to a client as a "special order" item as someone involved in the group was probably a collector, other times, process sets are made of special medals by the company as salesman's samples.
"This New York World's Fair set was probably done as I am sure Medallic Art Co. was pleased to win the contract to strike these medals. If they were for internal use and display than they were made for free and probably without the knowledge of the NYWF Commission. If they were made for the NYWF Commission, than Medallic Art Co. would charge for them (just as if they were finished medals.) In the 1980s when I (and others) were involved with the Metropolitan New York Numismatic Convention the medals committee always offered the annual medals made in conjunction with various annual host clubs process sets by subscription.
"Joe Levine of Presidential Coin & Antique Co. who served on several Presidential Inaugural committees often had a very limited and controlled process strike sets made encased in a Lucite block for display. Some have made auction appearances.
"The Black Sharpie was most certainly done at a later date, as the marker was only launched in 1964, it is very possible that these process set strikes were also done at a later date and not in 1964. Now that the Medallic Art Company records have come onto the market, the knowledge of after strikes for "record" purposes have come to light (that is another issue for another day).
"We see from this process set that Medallic Art Co. used a non-collared die striking process and the extra metal was trimmed off by a lathe before applying a patina.
"The value in this case is to a NY City or a World's Fair collector."
Matt Hansen of
Lincoln, Nebraska writes:
"I wanted to respond to the questions regarding the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair medal process set from Medallic Art Company. Although I can’t offer much of any information specific to the origins of the New York World's Fair set, I do know that a very similar "process set" of medals (that also included a blank planchet as well as a piece of the bronze planchet strip) were produced by Medallic Art Company for the striking of the 1967 Nebraska Centennial medal. Striking of the medals took place at Medallic Art Co. in 1966.
"John J. Garrarron (former librarian of the ANA, and long-serving Sergeant-at-Arms at ANA Annual Conventions from 1961 until 1997) of Lincoln, Nebraska, as appointed chairman of the Nebraska Centennial Medal Committee by the Nebraska Centennial Commission, and helped coordinate distribution and sales of the 1967 Nebraska Centennial medals. This process set was among the items in Mr. Gabarron's estate at the time of his death in 2001, and was acquired by my friend, fellow collector, and Nebraska Centennial medal enthusiast, John Veach.
"John has exhibited the process set (see attached image) at different events, and it is highly educational for showing the multi-step process that went into the manufacture of these spectacular medals. I don't know if these "process sets" were something that Medallic Art Company produced for each and every medal they were commissioned to strike, but there are at least two examples now known of it having been done."
1967 Nebraska Centennial medal process set exhibit
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR MEDAL PROCESS SET
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