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MCA ANNUAL AWARDS: Posted August 2017

The MCA issued its 2017 Annual Awards at the ANA World's Fair of Money in Denver at the beginning of August. The Georgia Stamm Chamberlin award, for newcomers in the field of medallic research, was awarded to Chester Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan is a professor at the University of Kansas and a Castorland medal specialist. Our Carl W. Carlson award, for lifetime achievement in medallic research, was presented to John Kraljevich. John’s expertise has been sought out by institutions such as the Smithsonian and the ANS. He is a dealer and cataloger of Colonial coins and medals, with a general knowledge of U. S. numismatics that is almost encyclopedic.

 

MCA MEETING AT THE ANA WORLD'S FAIR OF MONEY: Posted July 2017

The MCA will hold its next meeting at the ANA World's Fair of Money in Denver. The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 3, at 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. in room 406 of the Colorado Convention Center. Our keynote speaker will be Mel Wacks, the founding director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. There, Mel has overseen the creation of almost 50 art medals issued annually since 1969, produced plaques that are on permanent display at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, and created the award-winning website where his Handbook of Biblical Numismatics can be found.

Mel will be speaking about the medallic art of Victor Ries (1907-2013), who created the unique shape of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and designed two medals (Judah L. Magnes and Touro Synagogue) and of his sister, Gerta Ries Wiener (1898-2000), who designed eleven medals for the Jewish-American Hall of Fame (Louis Brandeis, Gershom Mendes Seixas, Henrietta Szold, Golda Meir, Rebecca Gratz, Isaac Stern, Emma Lazarus, Adolph Ochs, Benjamin Cardozo, Bela Schick, and Ernestine Rose.) Neither Victor nor Gerta ever designed medals for anyone else!

There will also be a variety of other talks at the ANA related to medals:

Wednesday, August 2

3:15 pm -- Colorado Convention Center, Room 501
Sundman Lecture Series
David Goya: War to End all Wars: Americans’ Participate in the Great War Through Its Medals

Thursday, August 3

1:00 - 1:45 pm -- Colorado Convention Center, Room 501
Money Talks
Doug Mudd: Medallic Remembrances of World War I

2:00 - 3:00 pm -- Colorado Convention Center, Room 406
Medal Collectors of America General Meeting
Mel Wacks will speak about the medallic art of Victor Ries and Gerta Ries Wiener

3:00 - 3:45 pm -- Colorado Convention Center, Room 501
Money Talks: Ask the Experts!
A Symposium on the Allure of Tokens and Medals
Q. David Bowers, Steve Hayden, Bill Hyder, Neil Musante, & David Schenkman moderated by Susan Trask

Friday, August 4

11:30 am - 1:35 pm -- Colorado Convention Center, Room 112
Numismatic Bibliomania Society General Meeting
Neil Musante will speak about his 2-volume work Medallic Washington

The complete schedule of events can be viewed on the ANA website.

 

BEN WEISS RESIGNS AS WEBMASTER OF THE MCA WEBSITE: Posted May 2017

In May of 2017, Ben Weiss resigned his position as Webmaster of the MCA website after 10 years of service, writing this letter to his colleagues:

Dear All,

More than 10 years ago John Adams asked me to assume the responsibility of being Webmaster of the Medal Collectors of America. During this time, with the enormous help and encouragement of many others, we have made many innovative additions, such that our website medalcollectors.org is now one of the most widely viewed websites of its type on the web.

As much as I enjoyed being your Webmaster for the past 10 years and getting to know you all personally and to learn to appreciate your many talents and contributions to our field of medal collecting, I believe now is the time to turn this over to a new person, one who may have new ideas and energies to devote to our website, to modernize it both in looks and function and generally improve it still further.

As I see it, the first order of business, is to design a new website, perhaps with a new logo, that is more professional and interesting looking, and which has more modern features to access the site in a secure fashion. Additionally, among other new features, such as those made to encourage recruiting new, young members, it should be designed so that only Members can access certain sections, such as recent editions of the MCA Advisory (accessed with a Members Only login credential).

Finally, I wish to thank you all for being so cordial and helpful in all of our interactions in my capacity as Webmaster and look forward to dealing with you all in a less formal capacity.

Please accept my best wishes to all of you,
Ben

A PDF file of this letter, along with responses from several of the officers and members of the Board of Directors can be found at this link.

 

MCA AWARDS AND AWARDEES: Posted January 2017

At the past Meeting of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, held  August 2016 in Anaheim, awards were presented to a number of our MCA members for their outstanding contributions to the field of medallic art.

John Kraljevich, former Vice President of the MCA, was named “Numismatist of the Year” by the American Numismatic Association.

Harry Watterson, who has written excellent articles on American Legion medals and is completing a work of the medal sculptor Julio Kilenyi, received the Georgia Stamm Chamberlain award from the MCA.

Neil Musante, our producer of the MCA Advisory, received the Carl W. Carlson Award from the MCA.  Neil has just published a marvelous book on Washington medals titled “MEDALLIC WASHINGTON : A Catalog of Struck, Cast and Manufactured Coins, Tokens and Medals Issued in Commemoration of George Washington 1777-1890.  As John Sally put it: “Neil Musante’s new book on the medals, tokens and federal coinage related to George Washington is a beautifully produced, painstakingly researched, and well-written catalogue that every serious American numismatist will want to own and read.”  A complete review of this book, written by Sallay, as published in the MCA Advisory, can be found at this LINK . The two-volume book, destined to be the definitive work on Washington Medals, can be purchased from the publisher, Spink and Sons . 

Benjamin Weiss, webmaster of the MCA, received two awards at the ANA meeting for his articles on the role medals play in religious and racial bigotry, as follows:
Ben & Sylvia Odesser Memorial Award, for Outstanding Contribution, Judaic Numismatics & Exonumia, 2016, awarded jointly by the Token and Medal Society and the American Israel Numismatic Association, Inc.

TAMS/AINA OdesserAward

NGL Award,  Small Club Publications for Best Article "Anti-Semitic Bigotry as Chronicled by Historical Medals", The Shekel, awarded by the Numismatic Literary Guild, August 2016.

Numismatic Literary Guild Award

The statement of Ben's acceptance of these awards can be seen here.  The full article can also be read on the amuseum website (The Jewish Museum in Cyberspace).  A longer version of this article "Anti-Semitic Bigotry: A Retrospective As Chronicled By Historical Medals" can be accessed by downloading the free e-book published by the Kunstpedia Foundation.

 

 

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December 2016:  Annual MCA Winter Meeting

Our annual MCA Winter meeting will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017, in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).  Our MCA meeting will take place at 12 noon in the Sutton Suite.  Our featured guest speaker will be the eminent art historian Dr. Stephen K. Scher, who will deliver a talk on "Hunting the Wild Aftercast: Confessions of a Medal Collector".

Dr. Scher and his wife Janie Woo have recently donated their extensive and marvelous collection of portrait medals to The Frick Collection, a world renowned art museum located in the Henry Clay Frick House on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York City. Medals from the Scher collection will be on display for a special exhibition in May, 2017.  
The Scher Collection is described by The Frick as follows: …”considered to be the world’s greatest medals collection in private hands, rivaling and often surpassing those in American museums such as the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it is noted for its comprehensiveness and outstanding quality”.  More information regarding this collection can be found on
this Press Release.

All are invited to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there.

For the complete schedule of events to be held at the NYINC
click here
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August, 2016:

A "SHOUT-OUT" FOR MCA AT THE ANA’S WORLD’S FAIR OF MONEY

The MCA will have multiple events at this year’s ANA Worlds Fair of Money, which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, Hall D; 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, California on August 9-13, 2016.

* The annual meeting of the MCA will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Anaheim Hilton Hotel, Huntington A Meeting Room. The featured speaker will be our own esteemed Bob Fritsch, who will give a talk on The Tools of Numismatics: Presenting Your Collections.
Bob summarizes his presentation as follows:

"No matter what we collect, we have to organize our holdings and present them somehow.  This requires tools and materials that are not found in a traditional coin shop.  Scales and calipers, nippers and scissors, card stock and poster-board are all found at other stores around town.  Using a sonic sealer to best advantage, or coming up with a way to present and store hanging badges or military awards are also explored.  This presentation is full of tips and techniques the presenter has developed over his years of collecting." 

 The MCA will also have programs for Young Numismatists. MCA will take part in a YN/Boy and Girl Scouts scavenger hunt on Saturday, August 13. Medals will be given to the Young Numismatists at the MCA table between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Come join us.

Other meetings of interest to medal collectors include the TAMS/AINA meeting on Wednesday, where there will be a lecture by medalist Eugene Daub. It should be of interest to all medal collectors. He is a past recipient of the ANA’ s Saltus Award, the ANA sculpture of the year, designer of AINA medals, ANA medals, ANS medals, and NYCC medals among other medals and sculptures.
At this meeting they will also announce the Ben and Sylvia Odesser Memorial Award.

Still other meetings and events at this Worlds’s Fair of Money that might be of interest to medal collectors are listed below.

MCA members speaking at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, Anaheim, CA

Wednesday Aug. 10

10:15 am -- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila A
R. Lee Barrett on "A History of Women Medallic Sculptors in America"

Thursday Aug. 11

2:00 – 3:00 pm -- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Huntington A
MEDAL COLLECTORS OF AMERICA meeting; Robert F. Fritsch on "
The Tools of Numismatics: Presenting Your Collections"

2:00--3:00 pm–Whitman Display
Q. David Bowers and Ken Bressett on "
An Hour with Ken and Dave"

3:00 – 3:45 pm-- MCA meeting. Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Huntington A
Q. David Bowers on "Discover Sutler Tokens! The Mystery and Charisma of the Coins Carried in the Pockets of Civil War Soldiers"

4:00 – 4:45 pm -- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila A
Jeff Shevlin, William D. Hyder and Dennis Tucker: Money TAlks, "So-Called Dollars in the Mega Red Book"

Friday Aug. 12

11:00 a.m.– Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Dennis Tucker on Money Talks, "Hidden Profits in Modern U.S. Mint Silver and Gold Medals"

Since the early 1970s the U.S. Mint has produced more than 50 collectible silver and gold medals—beautiful and sometimes rare works of art. Some were runaway best-sellers and made national headlines. Others are relatively unknown. Learn which ones are "sleepers"—underappreciated treasures with profit potential waiting to be discovered.

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm-- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Michael F. Wehner on "The Great State Seal of California, Deconstructed: The Early Medals of the California State Agricultural Society"

3:00 – 3:45 pm – Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Q. David Bowers on "The ANA Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary"

Saturday Aug. 13

10:00 am – 10:45 am – Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Len Augsburger, Wayne Homren and John Feigenbaum on "The Newman Numismatic Portal and the Future of Online Numismatics"

11:00 am – 11:45 am – Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Doug Mudd on "The Olympic Games: History & Numismatics"

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm – Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Bob Fritsch on "Collecting Medals"

 

More information of the various programs at the ANA can be found at this LINK,   and for an updated schedule of events at the ANA convention, see this LINK.

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January, 2016:  Annual MCA Winter Meeting

Our annual MCA Winter meeting will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016, in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).  Our MCA meeting will take place at 12 noon in the Lexington Suite.  Our featured guest speaker will be the eminent numismatist Q. David Bowers who will present a talk on "The Lure and Lore of American Medals".
In addition to Bowers' talk, we will be unveiling our MCA Club Medal for 2016 created by Gerry Muhl and Alex Shagin.  Silver and bronze examples will be available for purchase.  
All are invited to attend, and we look forward to seeing everyone there.
For more on the other events to be held at the NYINC click here.

 

December, 2015:

Medal Collectors’ Digital Landscape

 The November/December issue of the MCA Advisory included an article by John Sallay entitledThe Evolution of Medal Collecting, Part 2: Beyond eBay.  John’s earlier article (Part 1, in the September/October issue) discussed the emergence, growth, and current status of eBay as a medal collecting resource. This second article provides an overview of the many other new transaction, information, and social aspects of the web that are now relevant to the hobby of medal collecting, and surveys some of the major online resources now being used by medal collectors. It then explores some of the broader trends and possibly interesting web/mobile upstarts from similar collecting hobby arenas and mobile/social interaction generally. John’s survey of the Medal Collectors’ Digital Landscape includes hundreds of links in four exhibits, which are also available online at:

·        FIGURE: Medal Collectors’ Digital Landscape

·        EXHIBIT 1: Some Representative Numismatic Websites

·        EXHIBIT 2: Some Relevant Broader Collector Websites

·        EXHIBIT 3: Comparison of P2P Collector Site Functionality

·       EXHIBIT 4: Collection Management Tools

These are extraordinarily prodigious tools that John Sallay has compiled.  Many kudos to him! Just click and enjoy. (BW)

 

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October, 2015:

Young numismatists show increasing interest in numismatics.   A group of Young Numismatists from The Brenham Community Center in Texas asked that we post an article of interest to their group: A beginners guide to Numismatics.  We are delighted to do so. Click here for link to this article.  Click here for information on how to join our group of MCA Young Numismatists.  Membership is FREE for the first year and entitles such members to our MCA Advisory, which has exciting articles on medal collecting.   Link to YN Membership Application.

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September, 2015:
Article on Anti-Semitic Bigotry as Chronicled by Historical Medals:
Submitted by Mel Wacks, President of the American Israel Numismatic Association (AINA)
 
The Shekel Features 3-Part Article “Anti-Semitic Bigotry as Chronicled by Historical Medals“ by Dr. Benjamin Weiss 

In his concluding remarks at the end of his comprehensive article “Anti-Semitic Bigotry as Chronicled by Historical Medals”--that was serialized in the first three issues of The Shekel published in 2015--the author Dr. Benjamin Weiss states: “In reviewing the history of intolerance against the Jewish people, as reflected in historical and commemorative medals, and the role medals have played in recording and even promoting such religious bigotry, we find that a wide variety of anti-Semitic medals were produced as early as the 16th century and continue into present times. These medals were engraved by highly regarded medallists, using historically recognizable iconographies and often employing religious passages taken directly from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as supportive evidence for the slander the medals portray. The answer to the question of how anti-Semitic feelings have been perpetuated for centuries, having been passed down through generations and generations of individuals throughout the world, is multifaceted. Partly, it appears to be through the informal indoctrination of children through the telling and re-telling of anti-Semitic tales in the homes, and through formal religious literature of society.” 

Over 70 pages in total were devoted to this book-length opus that began with Korn Jude medals in the late 17th century, which “were distributed coincident with periods of rising food prices and famine and were designed to perpetuate the myth that the Jews were to blame for these hardships and to portray Jews as diabolic speculators, particularly in grain crops.”   

 

 Hanging Korn Jude medal by Christian Wermuth, Germany, 1695.

 

Anti-Semitic medals were issued in Germany as part of the Nazi campaign of hate during the Holocaust. One of these, issued in 1939, was titled “Why We Fight.” The obverse depicts a German soldier with industrial and agricultural workers, the legend reading (translated), “Greater Germany Fights for Peace Against the Shame‑Treaty of Versailles.” On the reverse can be seen a large caricatured Jewish figure wearing a Star of David, with flames behind him and images of money and weaponry before him, with the legend below reading, "For What Do Our Enemies Fight”. 

 

Why We Fight medal by unidentified medallist, Germany, 1939.

 

Anyone joining the American Israel Numismatic Association before the end of the year will receive all 2015 issues of The Shekel, The Quarterly Journal of Israel and Jewish History and Numismatics, including the three issues containing Dr. Benjamin Weiss’ article “Anti-Semitic Bigotry as Chronicled by Historical Medals,” along with other articles ranging from ancient Judaean coins to the coins, medals and paper money of modern Israel, as well as articles about personalities such as electronics genius Charles Steinmetz and Dr. Jonas Salk, plus much more. To join, send $25 ($35 overseas) annual dues to AINA, PO Box 20255, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269 or call (818) 225-1348.

The full article can also be read on the amuseum website (The Jewish Museum in Cyberspace). 

A longer version of this article "Anti-Semitic Bigotry: A Retrospective As Chronicled By Historical Medals" can be accessed by downloading the free e-book published by the Kunstpedia Foundation.

 

 

July, 2015: MCA Meeting in Chicago

Our next scheduled meeting of the MCA will take place in conjunction with the ANA meeting in Chicago, as part of the Worlds Fair of Money. The ANA meeting will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 11-15, 2015, in Rosemont (Chicago) Ill.

Our MCA meeting is scheduled from 3-5 on Thursday, August 13th in room 24. 

Two of our members will be giving talks as part of the World Money Stage Presentation. Larry Gaye, Numismatist and Portland Oregon area C4 member will be giving a talk entitled, "The Otis B. Wright Collection of Washingtonia and Early U.S. Political Medals in the Portland Art Museum".  This is an exceptional collection of material donated to PAM in 1913.  Dr. Wright was a physician and early pioneer of the use of X-Rays in medicine.  He was a director of PAM prior to the donation of his collection to the museum.

MCA's own esteemed Bob Fritsch will be presenting a talk "Tools of Numismatics: Presenting your Collections.

Both talks are on Tuesday the 11th.  Larry's talk is at 12 noon in Room 6;  Bob is speaking at 2 PM, also in Room 6.

All are invited to attend.

For a complete Schedule of Events of the ANA meeting, click on this LINK.

 

 

April, 2015:  Michael Meszaros Wins First American Medal of the Year (AMY) Award

This announcement was kindly sent to us by Mel Wacks, Director of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and Chair of the AMY Planning Committee of the American Medallic Sculpture Association (AMSA)

 

While it took 132 years for an Australian yacht to win the America’s Cup, an Australian medalist has managed to win in the first year of the American Medal of the Year (AMY) competition sponsored by the American Medallic Sculpture Association. Out of 29 medals entered, only two were not created by Americans— and one of those won--Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (Thus passes the glory of the world) by the venerable Australian medalist Michael Meszaros.  (Link to Obverse)  (Link to Reverse)

Michael Meszaros indicates that “My thoughts leading to this design were prompted by the arrogance of so many of today's leaders and politicians combined with a visit to Rome in October 2013. With my wife, we spent a lot of time wandering around the forums and other ruins. I had become familiar with them originally in 1969 when I spent seven months there studying at La Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia. Having studied architecture in Melbourne, I am familiar with how many regimes over the centuries have tried to cement their political futures with overblown neoclassical architecture. Most of them have collapsed or are much reduced. All these thoughts combined to the design where the ambitious building is on one side and the eventual demise is on the other. I have always liked the idea of a double sided medal with a time lapse between the sides and it seemed to all fall together. Using the Romans own saying for the title shows that even they realized that nothing is forever.”

Collectors interested in this prize-winning 99mm bronze medal, weighing 12.4 oz., limited to 40 pieces, can obtain it from Meszaros for $325 including shipping by contacting him at meszaros.sculptor@gmail.com .

Nominations for the American Medal of the Year were invited from medalists, mints, jurors, AMSA members, or anyone else by March 1, 2015 for the preceding calendar year. Meszaros was able to enter as an AMSA member. Later this year, he will be presented with the AMY Award, designed by Heidi Wastweet. 

The seven distinguished jurors are: Philip Attwood, Curator of Medals, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum and editor of Medals; Cory Gillilland, Member of the Consultative Committee of Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art and formerly Curator and Deputy Director of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution; Barbara Gregory, editor of The Numismatist; Arthur Houghton, former curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum and president of the American Numismatic Society; Steve Roach, editor of Coin World, and formerly paintings specialist at Christie's; Dr. Alan Stahl, Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University, and one of the founders of AMSA; and Dr. Benjamin Weiss, medal collector and author, member of the board of directors of Medal Collectors of America and its webmaster. 

The voting was very close, with one juror having to break a 3-3 tie. The runner-up was Invisible Reconnoiter I by the prominent American medalist Mashiko. 

It was the hope of the AMSA Board that an annual American Medal of the Year would inspire the members of AMSA in particular and all American medalists in general to create more art medals. Mel Wacks, chair of the AMY Planning Committee, indicated that “The high quality of the first year’s entries bodes well for the future of the competition and for medallic art.” 

The American Medallic Sculpture Association invites American and world medalists to join, as well as art medal collectors. The AMSA newsletter publishes news of workshops and exhibits, and illustrates noteworthy art medals produced by members and others both in the United States and overseas. Dues of $40, U.S. and Canada, or $50 elsewhere can be sent to AMSA, P.O. Box 1201, Edmonds, WA 98020. Their website is www.amsamedals.org

For further information or questions, contact Mel Wacks at numismel@aol.com 

 

or 818-225-1348.

March, 2015: New Medal Display at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jack Hinton, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts & Sculpture, announced the opening of a new gallery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Titled ART AND WONDER: A CABINET OF COLLECTIONS, the gallery displays a collection of extraordinary objects and works of art from the 16th to early 18th centuries.  Among the highlights of the exhibit are a group of portrait medals from the collection of Benjamin Weiss.  The collection includes 17th century medals by Muller, Dadler, Soldani-Benzi, Vismara, Hamerani, van Abeele, and Dupre.  For more details see this link.

 

February, 2015:  MCA Awards (Posted by Ben Weiss)

The 2014 MCA awards were issued as follows:

The Carl Carlson Award, named for a true pioneer in the field of researching medals, is awarded to individuals who have made major long term contributions.  This year's recipient is Tony Lopez.
The Georgia Stamm Chamberlain Award, named for a writer known for exploring uncharted waters, is awarded to promising newcomers in the field of researching medals.  This year's recipient is
Ruth Britt
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Our hearty congratulations to both of these outstanding individuals.

Past awardees for the MCA Carlson and Chamberlain awards may be found on this Link.  The many contributions of Carl Carlson and Georgia Stamm Chamberlain can also be found here.

 

 

January, 2015:  ATTENTION YOUNG NUMISMATISTS

HEAR YE, HEAR YE, Young Numismatists.  We invite you to join our Medal Collectors of America.  The membership for those 18 years of age or younger is FREE of charge, AND it entitles you to a free online subscription to the MCA Advisory, the magazine of our organization, which is filled with exciting and informative articles on Historical and Commemorative Medals. Join with those who are also instilled with the fervor of learning the History and Art of Medals.  Share their interests and camaraderie.  All you have to do is fill out and submit the MCA Young Numismatist Application Form.  For more about this program please see this LINK.

 

December, 2014:  Annual MCA Meeting

Our annual MCA meeting will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).  Our MCA meeting will take place at 12 noon in the Sutton Room.  Our featured guest speaker will be Gerry Muhl, who will present a talk on “A Lively Look at the Medals of the Rochester Numismatic Association.” The Rochester club has a long and distinguished history and has produced a series of Presidential medals and other items since its inception more than a century ago.
In addition to Muhl's talk, we will be unveiling our club medal for 2015 made by the well-known sculptor and engraver Alex Shagin. 
All are invited to attend, and we look forward to seeing everyone there.
For more on the other events to be held at the NYINC click here.

 

September, 2014:

The American Medallic Sculpture Association Announces the First American Medal of the Year (AMY) Award
 
The American Medallic Sculpture Association (AMSA) is very pleased to announce the establishment of the American Medal of the Year (AMY) Award. Mel Wacks, Head of the Planning Committee, indicates that “AMSA hopes that medalists and mints will enthusiastically participate—to help advance the appreciation of an art form that was born during the Renaissance, and that still offers collectors the opportunity to acquire and enjoy superb art medals at surprisingly affordable prices.” 
 
Nominations for the first AMY Award are invited from medalists, mints, judges, AMSA members, or anyone else by March 1, 2015 for medals created in the United States by an American medalist in 2014. There is a limit of 3 entries per medalist per year, and once someone wins, they will not be eligible for the next 2 years.
 
Nomination should include name, address, email and phone number of medalist, material, size, weight, mint or foundry, maximum size of edition, actual number made, and-- if applicable--present availability, price and how to order. 300dpi color pictures of both sides, or one side if uniface, are required. Nominations for the 2014 AMY should be submitted by March 1 to amyaward2014@gmail.com. 
 
The pleiade of distinguished jurors are: Philip Attwood, Curator of Medals, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum and editor of The Medal; Cory Gillilland, Member of the Consultative Committee of Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art and formerly Curator and Deputy Director of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution; Barbara Gregory, editor of The Numismatist; Arthur Houghton, former curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum and president of the American Numismatic Society; Steve Roach, editor of Coin World, and formerly paintings specialist at Christie's; Dr. Alan Stahl, Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University, and one of the founders of AMSA;  and Ben Weiss Ph.D., medal collector and author, member of the board of directors of Medal Collectors of America and its webmaster.

Further information about AMSA, established by leading American medalists and collectors in 1982, can be found at www.amsamedals.org 

For more on criteria and previous awardees click here.

 

June, 2014:  New Medal Articles of Interest (Posted by Ben Weiss)
Thanks to the generosity of Wayne Homren, who sent me the direct links, here are some articles reprinted from the E-Sylum that are related to medals.  Thanks, Wayne!
Theodore N. Vail National Award Medals.
Congressional Gold Medals of the Kings.
Medallic Art Company Medal Archive (By Dick Johnson)

Also see interesting article on Jewish Chaplain Medals from Mel Wack's Jewish-American Hall of Fame.

 

June, 2014: Boy Scout Numismatists (Posted by Ben Weiss)
To encourage our younger readers to consider collecting medals, we have posted this request sent to me from the leader of one of the Boy Scout troops.  The article he asked me to post is on Numismatics and Coin Collecting.  Hopefully these young numismatists will expand their horizons and explore the exciting history and wonderful art of collecting medals.

 

June, 2014: ANA (and MCA) Meetings and Presentations
The ANA convention, World's Fair of Money,  will be held this year at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois, on August 5-9, 2014. 

In conjunction with the convention, the meeting of the Medal Collectors of America will be held on Thursday, August 7, in Room 40 of the Convention Center.  The MCA meeting will feature the well-known numismatic researcher and writer Leonard Augsburger, who will speak on the medals and tokens of Christian Gobrecht. We will also have a presentation on "The French Narrative Medal" by art historian Tom Garver. All are invited to attend what promises to be a most engaging and informative meeting.

Also at the convention, our own Bob Fritsch will be giving a Money Talks presentation "Collecting Medals--Two" at 9 am on Thursday, August 7, in Room 5 of the Convention Center.  All are invited to attend.
For a complete schedule of the Convention see Link.

 

April, 2014: Huntington Award Ceremony (Posted by Ben Weiss)

A wonderful write-up of the ceremony at which the  American Numismatic Society presented John W. Adams  the 2014 ANS Huntington Award may be found on Wayne Homren's E-Sylum.

 

February, 2014: John Adams receives ANS Huntington Award (Posted by Ben Weiss)

Our own John W. Adams received the prestigious American Numismatic Society 2014 Archer M. Huntington Award for excellence in numismatic scholarship.  For more on this award and its illustrious awardee see MEMBERS CORNER.  You do us proud, John!

 

 

February, 2014:  MCA Awards (Posted by BenWeiss)

The 2013 MCA awards were issued as follows:

The Carl Carlson Award, named for a true pioneer in the field of researching medals, is awarded to individuals who have made major long term contributions.  This year's recipient is Warren Baker.
The Georgia Stamm Chamberlain Award, named for a writer known for exploring uncharted waters, is awarded to promising newcomers in the field of researching medals.  This year's recipient is
Larry Baber.
Our hearty congratulations to both of these outstanding individuals.

The past awardees for these two MCA awards may be found on this LINK.


 

January, 2014: Ira Rezak  talks on French medals:

Dr. Ira Rezak gave a presentation titled Favorite French Medals: A Collector's Choice at the NYINC on January 11, 2014. 

Ira describes his talk as follows: This paper, on a theme suggested by Richard Margolis, was presented before the Société américaine pour l'etude de la numismatique française at the January 2014 New York International Coin Convention. It doesn't aim to develop a single narrative or argument but is a sort of riff on the some of the pleasure to be savored and the information to be accumulated as a result of collecting medals rather casually over a period of many years.

To download and read this interesting presentation and view the accompanying images, click on this link.

 

December, 2013:  Next MCA meeting at NYINC:
The next meeting of the MCA will be held at 12 noon in the Sutton Suite on Saturday, January 11, 2014, in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).  The featured speaker will be our own illustrious John Adams.  The title of his talk is:

"The Louis XV 'Honos et Virtu' and George II Indian Peace Medals: Competition and Propaganda in the French and Indian War"

 

All are invited to attend. 
For a complete schedule of the NYINC events, click here.

 

 

September, 2013: New medals added to Jewish-American Hall of Fame:  Posted by Ben Weiss

Thanks to the efforts of Mel Wacks, several new medals from the series of Jewish-American Hall of Fame have been posted under Collectors' Guides.  The entries include the images, sculptor, description and mintage figures.  Thanks so much Mel.  The whole series can be reached from this LINK.

 

 

September, 2013:  Publication of new e-book on the MEDALLIC HISTORY OF THE WAR OF 1812

A new e-book titled: Medallic History of the War of 1812: Catalyst for Destruction of the Native American Nations, authored by Benjamin Weiss, has been published by Kunstpedia Foundation.  It can be downloaded free from the links below.

It has recently been written up on Wayne Homren's E-Sylum as follows:

Medallic History of the War of 1812: Catalyst for Destruction of the American Indian Nations 
by: Benjamin Weiss

The European Americans promised Peace and Friendship with the Native American Nations by bestowing upon Indian Chiefs commemorative medals on which this promise was boldly proclaimed. Little came of man's words and shiny gifts as the battles fought between American and British forces during the War of 1812 led to the practical destruction of the Native American peoples.

Benjamin Weiss, avid collector of historical and commemorative medals, wrote his first eBook titled Medallic History of the War of 1812: Catalyst for Destruction of the American Indian Nations, the first publication in its kind to cover the subject of commemorative medals issued during the War of 1812 that concentrates on the role they and the war played in causing the near demise of the Native American Nations.

This eBook examines the War of 1812, using as a canvas historical and commemorative medals issued to the military commanders who fought so valiantly against the greatest naval power in the world. By fighting and driving the British from the newly-formed United States, the Americans accomplished their goal. They also succeeded in devastating the dreams of the Native American Nations, led by their great Shawnee leader Tecumseh. At the conclusion of the war, Tecumseh was dead and with him went the hopes and dreams of a confederated Indian Nation.

With historical medals serving as a backdrop, this ebook chronicles the causes and major battles fought between Americans and British during the War of 1812, a war which served as a catalyst for the virtual destruction of the Native American peoples.

 

George III Indian Peace medal 1814 obverse George III Indian Peace medal 1814 reverse 
1814 George III Indian Peace medal

Richly illustrated, Medallic History of the War of 1812: Catalyst for Destruction of the American Indian Nations, is a must read for collectors of historical and commemorative medals. It should be of great appeal to those interested in American history, particularly in the little-known War of 1812 fought between the European Americans and the British and its enormous consequences to the American Indian Nations.

Published by the Kunstpedia Foundation, the eBook Medallic History of the War of 1812: Catalyst for Destruction of the American Indian Nations can be downloaded free and without any costs.

Summary: This eBook examines the War of 1812, using as a canvas historical and commemorative medals issued to the military commanders who fought so valiantly against the greatest naval power in the world. By fighting and driving the British from the newly-formed United States, the Americans accomplished their goal. They also succeeded in devastating the dreams of the Native American Nations, led by their great Shawnee leader Tecumseh. At the conclusion of the war, Tecumseh was dead and with him went the hopes and dreams of a confederated Indian Nation. With historical medals serving as a backdrop, this ebook chronicles the causes and major battles fought between Americans and British during the War of 1812, a war which served as a catalyst for the virtual destruction of the Native American peoples.

 

The e-book is very well illustrated, and FREE! I encourage E-Sylum readers to download and read a copy. -Editor

 

1812 alt. cover

For more information, see: eBook Medallic History of the War of 1812: Catalyst for Destruction of the American Indian Nations (www.kunstpedia.com/ebook-medallic-history-of-the-war-of-1812-catalyst-for-destruction-of-the-american-indian-nations.html)

To download the 57-page ebook, see:www.kunstpedia.com/PDFArticles/Medallic%20History
%20of%20the%20War%20of%201812.pdf

 

 

August, 2013: MCA authors publish book on Peace Medals: Posted by Ben Weiss

Several members of our MCA have contributed articles to a wonderful and informative book on Indian Peace Medals.  The book is described in detail in the Members Corner.

 

 

July, 2013: Upcoming MCA Meeting: Posted by Ben Weiss

The next meeting of the MCA will be held on Thursday, August 15, from 3-5 pm, in Room 11, as part of the ANA World's Fair of Money.  The ANA meeting will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention in Chicago from August 13-17, 2013.  The major part of our MCA meeting will feature an in-depth discussion of "Nineteenth Century American Engravers".  This exciting program, organized by David Menchell, will include:  Dave Baldwin, who will discuss the Lovetts; Neil Musante, who will talk about Bolen and Merriam; and Chris Neuzil, who specializes in the works of Moritz Furst. Menchell is also lining up Larry Baber, who will share his expertise on Charles Barber.

Other highlights of the ANA meeting will be a presentation by Bob Fritsch on the beauty and lore of medals in a talk entitled "Collecting Medals".  This will be part of the "Money Talks" group of presentations and is scheduled to be given on Thursday morning, August 15.

On the bourse, MCA will have a table (Table 1833) staffed by MCA members and which, among other things, will have examples of medals and handouts related to medals and Medal Collecting. 
At our MCA table, interested persons may purchase our annual MCA medal.  These annual MCA Medals, designed by Alexander Shagin, are already collectors' items.  The 2013 MCA Medal was made in silver and bronze; the bronze version is being sold for $40.

There will also be a variety of medals on display at the Exhibit Area by members of MCA and others.

All are invited to these interesting and informative events.

 

 

June, 2013: Past MCA Meetings: Posted by Ben Weiss

A belated congratulations to D. Wayne Johnson for receiving the Carl Carlson Award for excellence in the field of medallic research.  The award was presented to him at the past meeting of the MCA, held in Philadelphia on August 2012.  Dick has been making major contributions to our field for some 60 years, as a researcher, cataloguer and prodigious writer.  As part of the award Dick was given a struck, engraved MCA Club Medal designed by Alex Shagin.

Note also that our featured speaker at the January, 2013, MCA meeting, which was held at the NYINC in New York, was Alan Stahl, who gave an excellent and informative presentation on the subject of collecting decorations as medals (see below).  Alan is currently organizing an exhibit at Princeton University based on this same subject.

 

 

January, 2013:  MCA Meeting at NYINC  Posted by Ben Weiss

The next meeting of the Medal Collectors of America will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 12 noon in the Sutton Suite as part of the New York International Numismatic Convention.  The program will feature Dr. Alan Stahl, Curator of Numismatics at Princeton University, who will speak on Medals and Decorations.  All are invited to attend. 
Click here for more information about the Convention.

 

 

January, 2013:  More Archives of MCA Advisory Posted on Website  Posted by Ben Weiss

Thanks to Ron Thompson, who kindly submitted past issues of our MCA Advisory, we have posted several more archival issues of the Advisory, including those from 2002, 2003 and 2004.  All these interesting issues can be viewed on our Archives Page.  Many thanks, Ron!

 

 

November,  2012:  Medal Blog  Posted by Ben Weiss

Dick Johnson has posted an extremely interesting Medal Blog online.  Visit it for a wealth of information.

 

 

November, 2012:  Display of French Medallic Art in the 19th and 20th Century  Posted by Ben Weiss

For those of you who might be in France in the near future, you might be interested in this exhibit sent by Nicholas Maier. Please click on the link (above) for more details.

 

 

October, 2012:  Ira Rezak Collection on Display  Posted by Ben Weiss

As many of you may know, Ira has a marvelous collection of medals related to medicine.  This wonderful collection will be on display at the Columbia University Medical Center from now until early January 2013.   For more information see Press Release of Ira's wonderful collection.

 

 

September, 2012:
Glenn Stein presents New Medal on The South Pole. 
Posted by Ben Weiss

Glenn M. Stein, FRGS, was the  author of the historical background of a new medal, The South Polar Race Medal.  He was also the assistant designer of this medal, created by Danuta Solowiej. Only 100 of these medals have been produced.
Glenn has kindly provided the images of the obverse and reverse of this interesting medal as well as details of the medal in a brochure, which he authored and which can also be viewed here. 
Congratulations to Glenn on this remarkable achievement.


 

MCA Meeting of August, 2012: Posted by Ben Weiss

Our next MCA meeting will be held on Thursday,  August 9, 2012, from 3-5 pm, in room 104A of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, as part of the American Numismatic Convention (Worlds Fair of Money) to be held in Philadelphia, PA,  from August 7-11. 

The major portion of our meeting will be devoted to a Panel Discussion among some of our members, including Bob Fritsch on Antoine Bovy’s Award Medals,  Donald Scarinci  on Contemporary Art Medals,  and Ben Weiss on Medals Commemorating Important Historical Events.  Ben will  also be giving a Numismatic Theatre presentation (Money Talks) entitled Medallic History of Religious Intolerance on Friday, August 10th at 11 am in room 104B.  All are invited to attend.   Schedule of Money Talks Presentations

David Rittenhouse, the first director of the United States Mint  will be honored on the official medal for the American Numismatic Association.

 

 

Laurence Brown, In Memoriam:  Posted by Ben Weiss

Laurence Brown, sadly died on  June 18, 2012.  Brown was the eminent author of the monumental three volume  work, A Catalogue of British Historical Medals 1760-1660
the sequel to  Medallic Illustrations of the History of Great Britain and Ireland to the Death of George II by Hawkins, Franks, and Grueber.  Brown was a giant in the field and will be sorely missed.
More on his life can be found on Wayne Homren's website E-Sylum.

 

MCA Annual Awards:   Posted by Ben Weiss

The Medal Collectors of America issued its 2011 Annual Awards during its MCA meeting on August, 18, 2011, held in conjunction with the ANA convention in Chicago. The Carl Carlson Award went to Scott Miller and the Georgia Stamm Chamberlain Award to Wayne Homren.

Scott Miller, one of the founding members of the MCA, is a well-known leader in the field and a dedicated and meticulous researcher. Scott was the author of the article on Jubilee Medals of King George V in our only issue of THE MEDAL CABINET, and a past President of the New York Numismatic Club. Scott researched and catalogued the medals of Emil Fuchs and is the author of the definitive book on Medals of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) that is soon to be published in their new medal monograph series.

Wayne Homren is the editor of the weekly e-Sylum electronic newsletter of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.  In this free, on line publication, he has encouraged the dissemination of news and research on medals by providing a frequent and regular forum for the exchange of information on medallic history, art and technology.

Our hearty congratulations to these well-deserved winners of the 2011 MCA Annual Awards.  (LINK to Previous Awardees).

 

January, 2012:  Posted by Ben Weiss

John Sallay's presentation of Athena Leading the Way: Her Iconography on Medals For those who couldn't make John's wonderful talk at the NYINC this January, we have posted his Power Point presentation in its entirety.   The figures and text can be viewed here as a pdf file.

 

January, 2012: Posted by Ben Weiss

New Medal Issued by the Medal Collectors of America:

Thanks to John Adams who organized the efforts to make a MCA Club Medal we now have available for our organization an original, limited edition medal described below:

Designed by Alexander Shagin, the medal is 64 mm in diameter and weighs 110 gm. It features a bold multi-level relief. The obverse features a muscular artisan, naked to the waist, striking medals by hand. The reverse depicts Apollo driving his chariot through the sky, with the Muse holding a wreath in her left hand and a trumpet in her right, which she is blowing to announce the restoration of the art of medal making. The theme is most appropriate for the first-ever medal to be sponsored by Medal Collectors of America.

Thirty pieces will be cast in silver with a price of $200; sixty pieces will be cast in bronze at a price of $25. The silver examples are almost all sold, but there are bronze medals that can be purchased by applying to John W. Adams, 162 Farm Street, Dover, MA, 02030 (jadams@ahh.com).

 

 

December, 2011:  Posted by Ben Weiss

MCA Meeting and Presentation in New York:  Our next Semi-annual Meeting of the Medal Collectors of America will take place at the New York International Numismatic Convention on Saturday, January 7, 2012. The meeting will be held at 12:00 noon in the Sutton Suite, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY. The highlight of the meeting will be a presentation by our own John Sallay. The title of his talk is: Athena Leading the Way: Her Iconography on Medals. All are invited to attend.

 

September, 2011:  Posted by Ben Weiss

National Medals of Science and Technology announced.  A number of medals were awarded by President Barack Obama for achievements in Science and Technology.  These are extremely rare and prestigious medals, some equating them to America's Nobel Prize Medals.
The recipients  can be found at this LINK from Scientific American.  Images of  the National Medal of Science can be found at this LINK and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at this LINK.  More on these medals can be found on this LINK.

 

 

July 2011:

Video of Lecture on Medals Promoting BigotryA video presentation on Medals that Promote Religious and Racial Intolerance, given at Villanova University by Ben Weiss.  This one-hour presentation reviews the history of intolerance as chronicled by medallic art.  Click on this LINK to hear and see this lecture.

 

July 2011:  Posted by Ben Weiss

The next meeting of the MCA will be held in Chicago , as part of the ANA convention, August 16-20, 2011.  As a feature of our meeting, which will be held on
Thursday August 18, at 3 PM, in Room 5,  our speaker will be Tony Lopez, who will present a talk on “Research and Collecting in the Digital Age”.   All are welcome.

For a complete schedule of the ANA convention please  click on this LINK.

 

May 2011:  Posted by Ben Weiss

New additions to our MCA Advisory Archives:   Thanks to Pete Smith, we have posted one of the earliest editions of the MCA Advisory (July 2000) on to our Archives section.  Pete, who was editor of the Advisory at that time, generously sent  us this interesting historical edition.  

Thanks to John Adams, our current editor, we have also posted more recent, back issues  of the Advisory.   All these can be viewed on our MCA Archives section.

 

February 14, 2011:  Posted by Ben Weiss

Stephen L. Tanenbaum: in Memoriam

Stephen L. Tanenbaum was tragically killed  February 11 in New York City.  Steve was a giant in his field and will be sorely missed.  The following brief biography is taken from the Hall of Fame section of the website of the Civil War Token Society:

    Steve Tanenbaum is considered by many to be the most knowledgeable active person in the field of Civil War tokens. He has been relied upon for many
decades as a consultant, editor, and contributor to numerous CWT works. After beginning his CWT collecting journey in 1972, he became a full-time dealer for tokens in 1981. Steve has handled, purchased, and built some of the greatest modern-day collections, although he always considers himself a collector first. He has discovered hundreds of new varieties, previously unknown die states, and odd mint errors. Steve has been elected to eight terms on the Board of Governors, and also filled two partial terms by appointment. He has served as Vice President of the Society since 2004.

LINK to story from N.Y. Times

 

November, 2010: Posted by Ben Weiss

MCA meeting:  The next meeting of the Medal Collectors of America is scheduled for Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 12 noon, in the Sutton Suite of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel as part of the New York International Numismatic Convention.  The highlight of the MCA program will be devoted to a talk by John W. Adams, whose presentation is entitled, Admiral Vernon Medals: Collecting by the Book.  All are invited to attend.

 

September, 2010:  Posted by Ben Weiss

Anne Bentley presents talk: Anne E. Bentley presented a talk entitled "The Medals of the American Congress 1776-1781: A History of George Washington's Personal Set at the Massachusetts Historical Society," at the Meeting of the Medal Collectors of America held in Boston on August 12, 2010. A video of this presentation was kindly provided by Donald Scarinci.

 

MCA Annual Awards: The Medal Collectors of America issued its 2010 Annual Awards during this year's MCA meeting on August 12, 2010 at the Massachusetts Historical Society held in conjunction with the ANA convention in Boston. The Carl Carlson Award went to Mashiko Nakashima and the Georgia Stamm Chamberlain Award to Skyler Liechty. (LINK to Previous Awardees).

Skyler is an up-and-coming member of MCA who had published a number of interesting articles in the MCA Advisory. His specialty is Western Hemisphere colonial and treaty medals. He has won the NGC Registry award for his collection of Colonial medals.

Mashiko is the Founder and Director of New Approach, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps emerging artists and encourages public awareness of unconventional medallic art. She is a Master Lecturer at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where she teaches courses in stone carving and medallic sculpture. Mashiko is the currrent USA Delegate for FIDEM (Fédération Internationale de la Médaile d’Art).

Our hearty congratulations to both!

Our hearty congratulations to both!

September, 2010: Posted by Ben Weiss

Scott Goodman to Display Goetz Medals:  Henry Scott Goodman will be exhibiting a number of medals from his wonderful collection of the medals of Karl Goetz  in the upcoming “Princess Europa” exposition to be held in Brussels, Belgium.   Click here for more information.

 

August, 2010: Posted by Ben Weiss

Exhibit on  "Precious Metals: From Au to Zn" 

This announcement was sent to the webmaster by Anne E. Bentley, MHS Curator of Art.

If you missed the opportunity to visit the exhibition during the A.N.A.’s World’s Fair of Money, there is still time to see the Washington-Webster Comitia Americana medals as well as other examples from two hundred nineteen years of numismatic collecting by the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS).

Although the show features some United States and early Massachusetts silver coinage, the emphasis is definitely on the MHS's medals and tokens, beginning with the Ship Columbia and Washington medals (aka, Washington-Oregon medals) and continuing through the Betts series, with a special nod to Admiral Vernon along the way. William Sumner Appleton’s Washington collection is very well represented, while Franklin and Boston City medals, Harvard medals, and a few more Massachusetts school medals illustrate Malcolm Storer’s Numismatics of Massachusetts.  Anne Bentley, Curator of Art, and John Adams, Guest Curator, have pulled out most of the Society's Indian Peace medals for the U.S. Mint section and topped off the show with an interesting mix of personal and art medals, with military awards and decorations as well. There is a little something for everyone in the show and we hope that many of you will find your way to our end of The Back Bay Fens (The Fens) this coming month.

The exhibit is located at the Massachusetts Historical Society [1154 Boylston Street, Boston (Green Line subway, Hynes Convention Center stop)] until October 2. Monday-Saturday from 1-4 PM;  admission is free.

 

August, 2010: Posted by Ben Weiss

Videos on The Medal Maker. Wayne Homren kindly sent me this link to his E-Sylum website showing an extremely interesting, four-part series of videos on THE MEDAL MAKER.  The videos were produced by the Medallic Art Company and the script written by Dick Johnson.

Take a look; you won’t be disappointed.

 

July, 2010: Posted by Ben Weiss

Donald Scarinci forwarded this video on "Ode to Medals" for our MCA viewers. This original song was composed and sung by Ron Dutton, UK sculptor and the 2009 Saltus Award winner and Vice President of FIDEM, and Illka Vionomaa of Finland, President of FIDEM.

 

June, 2010: Posted by Ben Weiss

Observations from FIDEM
Donald Scarinci has offered to share some of his observations from the 31st Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art  (FIDEM) Conference, which is held this year in Tampere, Finland.  You can find his personal impressions as well as links to pictures and video feeds by clicking on the above LINK.

Other information on this conference can be found on the FIDEM website.

 

April, 2010: Posted by Ben Weiss

New Book on Admiral Vernon medals to be published: A new book entitled Admiral Vernon Medals- Medals Sometimes Lie   by John Adams, Fernando Chao with the collaboration of Anne Bentley will soon be published.  More information on this important addition to our medallic literature can be found in the press release issued by George Kolbe.  A sample page can also be viewed as a pdf file.  Our heartiest congratulations on this wonderful achievement.

 

March, 2010: Posted by Ben Weiss

Anne Bentley to Give Lecture on Medals of the American Congress:  Anne E. Bentley, Curator of Art at the Massachusetts Historical Society is scheduled to deliver a lecture at the 2010 Winter Lecture Series  "A Freshly Minted Democracy: Coins and Medals in Early America" in Deerfield, MA.  The Title of her talk is  The Medals of the American Congress 1776-1780: A History of George Washington's Personal Set at the MHS.  For more information see link to Historic Deerfield.

 

December, 2009: Posted by Ben Weiss

Notice of Meeting and Presentation: The next meeting of the Medal Collectors of America will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at 12 noon in the Sutton Suite of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, as part of the New York International Numismatic Convention. The MCA meeting will have as its featured speaker Benjamin Weiss who will present a talk  on Medallic History of Religious and Racial Intolerance.  All are invited to attend.

 

December, 2009: Posted by Ben Weiss

Glenn Stein Designs Antarctic Treaty Medal
At the request of the Chairman of the International Board of the Antarctic Treaty Summit, Glenn Stein has designed a medal to commemorate the international treaty's first 50 years and the continued use of Antarctica for only peaceful purposes. Over the years, a total of 47 nations have become signatories of this unique document in human history. The medal was struck in bronze and measures 64 mm in diameter. Only 125 medals were produced, with several presented at the Smithsonian Institution during the Summit (November 30-December 3, 2009). The Obverse
is based on the Summit logo, while the Reverse features a central silhouette of Antarctica surrounded be wording from the Treaty’s Preamble, and the whole is encircled by representations of Antarctic animal life. Hearty congratulations, Glenn, on this outstanding achievement.

 


November, 2009: Posted by Ben Weiss

MCA  MEDAL AWARDED TO JOHN ADAMS (submitted by John Sallay)

At the MCA 2009 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, retiring MCA president John W. Adams was presented with a large silver medal as a token of appreciation for his six years of leadership.  Using the beautiful French reproduction of the Libertas Americana medal as a host, the medal has engraved in cursive script “To John W. Adams; For Noble Dedication to Medal Collectors” and below the bust “MCA Past President 2003-2009”.  The medal was presented in a box upon which was engraved John’s initials.  In the August 2009 edition of the MCA Advisory, John thanked the club with the following note: "Your retiring president (aka ye editor) was touched to the quick. My labors on behalf of the Club have been joyful ones; hence, this medal, which is so beautiful by itself and into which so much thoughtfulness has been poured, is compensation beyond desert. Regina and I have placed the medal cum box in a prominent position in our home.  We think of you who have given it to us often and with great affection.”

 

October, 2009: Posted by Ben Weiss

Glenn Stein wins Journal Prize

Glenn M. Stein, FRGS, has been awarded The Journal Prize for 2008-2009, by the Orders and Medals Research Society of Great Britain. The Prize, which was established in 2006, recognizes research of a high standard and contribution to medallic knowledge. His two-part article, titled The Voyage of HMS Investigator (1850-54): Solving the Mysteries of the Arctic Meritorious Service and Gallantry Medals, was published in the September and December 2009 issues of the Journal of the Orders and Medals Research Society.

The Prize, which consists of a framed certificate and a cash prize, was announced at the Society's Convention in London, on September 19, 2009.

Our hearty congratulations.

 

August, 2009: Posted by Ben Weiss

The MCA Advisory, published by the Medal Collectors of America, and edited by John Adams, has been selected by a panel of judges to receive the third-place ANA Outstanding Specialty Club Publication Award.

The Outstanding Club Publications Awards will be presented at the ANA's 118th Anniversary Convention,  on Saturday, August 8 in Room 515A, West Hall A, of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Hearty congratulations to John for editing The Advisory and to all who  contributed to this outstanding publication.

 

July, 2009:  Posted by Ben Weiss

In Memoriam: Thomas Lautz

We note with sadness the death of the eminent numismatist Thomas Lautz, Director of the large numismatic collection of the Geldgeschichtliches Museum dur Kreissparkasse Köln, in Cologne, Germany. Lautz was born in 1951 in Germany where he studied history and geography. He was a world renowned numismatist who had a broad range of interests and a wide scope of knowledge in numismatics, collecting and publishing many articles about different areas of numismatic themes, including ancient and modern coins and medals. He was especially noted for his study of Pre-Coinage Currencies or Traditional Money of the Pacific regions. For the past several last years he made excursions to some remote Islands of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands as well as to Micronesia (Yap) to study the use of "Traditional Money" in today's life.

As a leading member of EUCOPRIMO, (European Union to Search for, Collect and Preserve Primitive and Curious Money), he was world famous. As a private collector Lautz specialized in Scandinavian coins and medals. At present his collection related to the North pole may be seen in an exposition at the Kreisspakasse Köln, for which he served as curator for so many years.

Thomas Lautz died from an accident while on a trip to China. He will be sorely missed by friends and fellow numismatists alike.

 

June, 2009:  Posted by Ben Weiss

The Medal Collectors of America issued its 2009 Annual Awards:  The Carl Carlson Award to Stephen K. Scher and the Georgia Stamm Chamberlain Award to Anne E. Bentley.   Our hearty congratulations to both!

 

June, 2009:    Collection of Medals at Philadelphia Museum of Art

A group of Historical and Commemorative Medals from the Ben Weiss Collection has been put on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  (see Members' Corner or click on above link for details).

 

March, 2009:  Posted by Ben Weiss

Henry Scott Goodman wins Best of Show at 2009 ANA Money Show (see Members' Corner for details).
 

February, 2009: Posted by Ben Weiss

There have been several new additions to our Members Corner: images  and descriptions of a variety of interesting medals from our members, the latest being FIELD DAY MEDALS from the collection of Paul Lajoie. 
Anyone wishing to post all or part of their collection may contact  Ben Weiss.


December, 2008:
  Posted by Ben Weiss

Notice of Meeting: The next meeting of the Medal Collectors of America will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at 12 noon in the Sutton Suite of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, as part of the New York International Numismatic Convention. The MCA meeting will highlight a Panel Discussion on Technology and Numismatics, chaired by John Sallay. All are invited to attend.

The MCA Oral History Project is progressing nicely, thanks to the leadership and efforts of several of our members, in particular, John Sallay, John Adams, Mark Schlepphorst and Dick Johnson. We especially thank Mark Schlepphorst, who has done the bulk of the work of editing and providing the audio files, and Dick Johnson, who has conducted extensive interviews. We now have interviews of John Adams conducted by John Sallay, and of Alan Stahl interviewed by Dick Johnson. We currently are in the process of completing these for publication to our website along with other useful material related to the interviews. A number of other Oral Histories of prominent members of the community of Medallic Art is planned. Anyone interested in conducting such interviews please contact John Sally, Mark Schlepphorst or Ben Weiss. Please stay tuned, as more information about this exciting and informative project will be forthcoming in the weeks and months ahead.

An new article entitled Medallic History of Religious and Racial Intolerance : Medals as instruments for promoting bigotry, by Ben Weiss has been published on the website, www.kunstpedia.com. The article traces the repercussions of religious and racial intolerance through the eyes of historical and commemorative medals.

 

July, 2008: Posted by Ben Weiss

Donald Scarinci will be giving a talk at the ANA Meeting in Baltimore entitled, "The ABC's of Art Medal Collecting, What Every Collector Should Know". The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, July 31 at 10:00AM. Donald was also the international guest speaker at the British Art Medal Society (BAMS) annual conference in Newcastle, England, where he gave an illustrated talk entitled, "The Cypress Tree in the Garden, The Empty Cup, and Collecting Contemporary Art Medals."

Ben Weiss will be presenting an exhibit at the ANA meeting in Baltimore entitled, "Medals Struck by the Corporation on London (City of London Medals)". The exhibit will be available for viewing during the entirety of the meeting.

All are invited to attend these events of our MCA members. (See below for more details concerning the ANA meeting).

 

June, 2008: Posted by Ben Weiss

NOTICE OF MEETING. The next meeting of the MCA will be held during the ANA convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Our meeting is scheduled on July 31, 2008, at 3 pm in Room 316. Our speaker will be Jim Cheevers, curator at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. All are invited to attend.

The ANA Convention, World's Fair of Money, will be held July 30-August 3, 2008 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore Maryland.

 

May, 2008: Posted by Ben Weiss

 NEW FEATURE added to Website:

We have added a new feature to our MCA Website which we have called the MEMBERS' CORNER. It can be found as a link from every page of the website.

On this new page we will be posting articles and images and descriptions of the medals that our members wish to share with its readers. Its purpose is to supplement another section on our website called MEDAL COLLECTIONS ON THE WEB, on which links to dozens of medal collections from other web sites can be found.

This new feature is limited to current members of the MCA, so any others wishing to post portions of their collection here should consider joining our organization. (An Application Form may be found online at this website).

Our first contribution to this section, generously provided by John Sallay, are images and brief descriptions of his wonderful collection of American School Medals. While mostly from the United States, they cover schools from around the world. world medals from around the world.

 

February, 2008:Posted by Ben Weiss

 We note with great sadness the death of Samuel Pennington. Sam was a tireless supporter of numismatics with a particular interest in medals. He ran his own feature, Medals Collector Page of the Maine Antique Digest, and was a regular contributor to several other numismatic ventures on the web and in print. I feel a great personal loss as he was of enormous help in contributing his expertise to our own website. He will be sorely missed.

 

December, 2007: Posted by Ben Weiss

 The Medal Collectors of America will have its semi-annual meeting at the New York International Numismatic Convention on January 12, 2008, at 12 noon, to be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 310 Park Avenue, New York City.  Dr. Ira Rezak will be the featured speaker. His talk is  entitled: A  Century of Medals, and Still Counting : Anniversaries of the Jews in America.
Everyone is welcome to attend!

A new book entitled Renaissance Medals has been published by the National Gallery of Art, which houses  the finest collection of Renaissance-era medals in the United States.  The book is authored by John Graham Pollard, with the assistance of his wife, researcher Maria Pollard, and of National Gallery of Art associate curator of sculpture, Eleonora Luciano.  This comprehensive catalogue  is available as a two-volume set covering 957 medals.

A lecture on these medals will be held on January 20, 2008 at the East Building Auditorium of the National Gallery of Art.

For more information on this  wonderful publication and lecture, see  http://www.nga.gov/press/2007/syscat.shtm  

Please note that Graham Pollard, considered to be the leading authority on Italian Renaissance medals in the post-war period, died December 2007.  For more on the life and works of this historic figure of medallic art see:  http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/article3276263.ece

 

November, 2007: Posted by Ben Weiss

 The Medal Collectors of America issues it Annual Awards:  The Carl Carlson Award to David T. Alexander and the Georgia Stamm Chamberlain Award to Leonard Augsburger.  Hearty congratulations to both!

 

October, 2007: Posted by Ben Weiss

Links to several  Medal Collections on the Web that may be of interest to medal collectors have been added to the MCA Website.  They can be reached by clicking on Medal Collections on the Web on the left bar. 

The list is from the website: Historical and Commemorative Medals: Collection of Benjamin Weiss www.historicalartmedals.com

 

 

October, 2007: Posted by Ben Weiss

 Links to a number of Medal Organizations important to medal collectors have been added to the MCA Website.  They can be reached by clicking on Medal Organizations on the left bar.

The list is from the website: Historical and Commemorative Medals: Collection of Benjamin Weiss www.historicalartmedals.com

 

 

July, 2007:Posted by Ben Weiss

 Links to Annotated Lists of Bibliographic Material Relating to Medals have been added to the MCA Website (Compiled by Sam Pennington and Ben Weiss).

 

June, 2007: Posted by Ben Weiss

  Thanks to Heath MacAlpine, who generously provided the images, and Sam Pennington, who posted them, we have added images to the Society of Medallists Series of Medals to complete the series and are in the process of completing the Hall of Fame for Great Americans Series.


 

May, 2007:  Posted by Ben Weiss

Thanks to Sam Pennington, additional images of medals were posted to the American Art-Union Series of Medals.

 

April, 2007:  Posted by Ben Weiss

Thanks to Sam Pennington, back issues of the MCA Advisory were posted to the MCA website as PDF files.

 

March, 2007: Posted by Ben Weiss

Ben Weiss appointed as new Webmaster for the MCA Website.  His major goals are to make it more useful and widen its readership by updating it and broadening its scope.

 

Posted October 21, 2003    by David Boitnott

Medal Collectors of America website goes live on the web! Much work remains.

 

Posted August 15, 2003    by David Boitnott

Development of Medal Collectors of America website begun.