Why would a medal featuring President Grover Cleveland also lampoon "King" Victoria? An 1888 medal has an improbable inscription and unusual theme.
The 30-millimeter brass medal bearing a ship under full sail flanked by F – B and the legend IRISH REPUBLIC presents several mysteries to today’s collectors. A robust 2.5 millimeters thick and pierced for suspension, the medal’s reverse presents clasped hands between IRELAND and AMERICA, the date 1866 in a shamrock spray, and at base a radiant rising sun.
Simply stated, if there was a Nobel Prize for the most glorious book of 2016, Musante’s Medallic Washington would be a prime contender!
A 1953 Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial medal, struck by the Adams Company for old-time St. Louis coin dealer Otto Oddehon, accidentally commemorates the death of the world’s fair movement, as the expo era fizzled and a hoped for Louisiana Purchase sesquicentennial exposition never materialized, lacking any federal or local business support.
The 76.7-millimeter uniface bronze medal shown is something of a mystery. It presents a high-relief facing bust of an intent-looking gentleman of mature years with no identification except for an ornate Tughra or royal signature placed against the right rim. Research reveals that the portrait is that of the last king of Afghanistan, Muhammad Zahir Shah (ruled 1933...
The story of American presidential elections offers fascinating also-rans, candidates defeated in hard-fought elections who then receded from public memory. Noteworthy are two 19th century Democratic standard-bearers whose stories are remembered largely through campaign and celebratory medals of 1868 and 1893. The first Democratic candidate to run for president...
Among the least studied of all medals of the long-ruling House of Habsburg are the coin-relief issues that appear occasionally on the numismatic market commemorating imperial and royal coronations over the centuries, like the handsome issue to mark the June 1867 coronation of the Apostolic King and Queen of Hungary.
The dramatic warming in relations between the United States and Fidel Castro’s Cuba may bring some attention to such long-forgotten items as the 138.5-millimeter-long mechanical pencil distributed in the 1950s by Carlos A. Fernandez Campos, a fervent supporter of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar (born 1901, died 1973).
The American Revolution Bicentennial was celebrated by a flood of commemorative medals issued by federal, state, county and local jurisdictions.
The War of the Spanish Succession, 1700 to 1714, was a true world conflagration that pitted the major European powers against each other.