The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists unveiled its new logo,
presenting a limited-edition commemorative bronze medal featuring the
club’s new logo to each attendee at its annual banquet held Oct. 14 at
the LeMont restaurant in Pittsburgh.
According to PAN President Thomas Uram, approximately 125 examples
of the 1.5-inch-diameter medal were struck. The strikes were executed
by Medallic Art Co. of Nevada.
The new logo is based upon a design by former U.S. Mint Chief
Engraver Frank Gasparro and originally used for the reverse of the
official Philadelphia Bicentennial medal issued in 1976 by
Philadelphia ’76, Inc.
PAN had to receive the permission of the Unicover Corp. of Wyoming
to use the Gasparro design for its logo.
The obverse of the PAN medal, designed with the participation of
club members Uram, Benjamin Costello and Richard Jewell, features the
new logo for the club — an American eagle with the Pennsylvania
Keystone in the background. It carries the legends PENNSYLVANIA
ASSOCIATION OF NUMISMATISTS and the date MCMLXXVIII (1978, the year of
the group’s founding) in Roman numerals.
Gasparro’s original design for the Philadelphia Bicentennial medal
depicts Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in the background behind the eagle.
Jewell provided Medallic Art Co. with an original Gasparro
plaster, which it used to recreate the obverse design for the medal.
The reverse depicts an off-center eagle with the legend
Uram said that the club will be issuing more strikes, including
1.5- and 3-inch bronze versions, with space dedicated for personal
engraving purposes, and a 3-inch silver version of the medal. For more
information on how to purchase any or all of these medals, contact
Uram at 412-418-0783.
For more information on PAN, visit the club’s website at www.pancoins.org. ■