News Archive


MCA Meeting (Posted November 2010)

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.

Anne Bentley Presents Talk / MCA Annual Awards (Posted September 2010)

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.

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.

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!

Scott Goodman to Display Goetz Medals (Posted September 2010)

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 (pdf) for more information.

Exhibit on "Precious Metals: From Au to Zn" (Posted August 2010)

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.

Videos on The Medal Maker (Posted August 2010)

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.

Observations from FIDEM (Posted June 2010)

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 this link [⇗].

New Book on Admiral Vernon Medals to be Published (Posted April 2010)

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 (pdf) issued by George Kolbe. A sample page (pdf) can also be viewed. Our heartiest congratulations on this wonderful achievement.

Anne Bentley to Give Lecture on Medals of the American Congress (Posted March 2010)

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.