The first release in a series of four medals celebrating the
American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont,
Ill., is now available through preorder sales.
The 2011 medal, being offered in both bronze and silver versions,
honors the Battle of Dearborn, a historic battle from the War of 1812
in what is now Chicago. The convention site, Rosemont, is a Chicago suburb.
Fort Dearborn’s commander, Capt. Nathan Heald, left with his
garrison, including a civilian contingent, for Fort Wayne in Indiana
Territory when a band of Potawatomi ambushed the group 1.5 miles
south, killing 38 men, two women and 12 children. Fort Dearborn was
burned to the ground.
The Battle of Fort Dearborn is commemorated on the fort’s site
with a monumental sculpture by Henry Hering called Defense, which
adorns the Chicago River’s Michigan Avenue bridge.
Artist and medal designer Jamie Franki uses both sides of the
medal to commemorate the opposing forces in the battle. The obverse
features one of the Potawatomi warriors and the reverse features the
fort and one of the Army regulars, both of whom were derived from
Hering’s Defense monument.
Fort Dearborn, a U.S. fort built on the Chicago River in 1803, is
one of four items of significance honored on the flag of Chicago,
which was the inspiration for the four-year medal series.
The ANA commissioned Franki, former master designer in the U.S.
Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program, to design a series of medals
celebrating the 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Worlds Fair of Money events,
all set in Rosemont.
Franki is an art professor at the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte. Designs of his were selected for the reverse of the 2005
Jefferson, American Bison 5-cent coin and for the Jefferson portrait
on the 2006 and later 5-cent coins.
Bronze and silver medals will be issued bearing Franki’s design,
as will badges. All medals and badges are being struck at the
No more than 125 bronze medals measuring 2.75 inches in diameter
will be issued, while a limit of 175 two-medal sets will be issued
featuring examples of 1.25-inch bronze and .999 fine silver medals. A
maximum of 125 convention medal badges, bearing the smaller bronze
version with a ribbon drape, will also be issued. Weights were not available.
The 2.75-inch bronze medals are priced at $65, while the two-medal
sets are priced at $155. Badges cost $26. The ANA reserves the right
to limit order quantities per purchase.
Prepaid orders are being accepted for August delivery by
telephoning the ANA at (800) 367-9723.
Visit the ANA website at www.money.org. ■