My collection of world medals increased by one a few weeks ago. Karl Goetz was a controversial man due to his political beliefs but his numismatic accomplishments shouldn't be over looked. In addition to his medal output he designed a number of German coins after WWI.
Hi everyone. Well I decided to get involved in an auction. I was searching through the items when I saw this absolutely beautiful medal of Westminster Abbey. It was done by the famous Jacques Wiener. A talented man along with his brothers Charles and Leopold. He mainly did cathedrals mosques and a Temple. He was born in 1815 and passed away in 1899.He started with ten medals at fifty millimeters then went to a set of fifty medals at fifty nine millimeters I measured this metal it's fifty nine millimeters.. Sadly the set was never finished. It ended after forty one because he was losing his sight. If you look at the detail you can understand why. This was a loss for all of us. I have seen his work. When I came across this medal no one was bidding. So I entered the minimum bid and to bad for the rest of them I won. Another one was sold. This one was just missed. It happens at auctions they want to see everything and they pass it buy. Thanks everyone! I have seen his medals in Coin World and other publications. These cathedrals in Europe were better known because of him.
Hi everyone. Before i start today I want to apologize to 57927. He or she wrote a great blog on Olympic commemorative coins it was well done. I thought he or she was writing it on the actual medals at today's games. Again my apologies. What his or her blog did was get me interested in the medals themselves. So I decided to look into it and what I found was not what I thought i would find. Let's start with the medals. Gold,silver,bronze. Nothing could be further from the truth. I knew that the Gold medal was not made of complete gold. I never expected to find out that there made of silver covered in six grams of gold. The melt value would be based on today's market more than likely almost seven hundred dollars. Now the silver. That's the only medal made out of what it says silver and some copper worth about three hundred dollars. Now the Bronze. I'm thinking that's basically a cheap metal it must be made out of bronze. Was I ever wrong you see it's made of a metal cheaper than bronze. How about copper. The value of that metal is about four dollars. Now the athlete in the United States that wins a Gold medal gets twenty five thousand dollars. This also is not so. You see the government wants it's cut so he and she is taxed leaving them with about nine thousand dollars and change. That's not enough for the athlete to train for about two months. The last time a Gold medal was made of gold was in 1912 in Stockholm Sweden. The more and more I read about these games the worse I felt for the athlete. If they win the Gold medal they might get a few endorsements. This is not even true. Why? Well Madison ave will sign them to a short term contract simply because when the games are over so are they. Only a few in the so called 'big' events will make it. I have a new way and a new belief of the Olympics. There run by greed were can the committee make the most money. The athletes that work all there lives for this moment in the sun becomes nothing but a statistic. They even have to pay for this moment from there family to the government who taxes them. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the designer of these medals. His name is Lee Sum-woo. The ribbon is made of Gappa a traditional fabric. So there is your little taste of these wonderful games and how these brave men and woman are treated. I'm sure some of you learned something about these marvelous medals I'm not surprised many sell them after a few years. I have to give my personal opinion, these have been the worse covered games in modern history. I haven't heard the Star Spangled Banner once not even on the replay. My opinion. Collect,enjoy buy books thanks Mike. UPDATE I heard the Star Spangled Banner at the closing ceremonies. They were looking back ! How about that.
For collectors, sometimes collectibles are added in bunches. Other times the wait for new pieces is unbearable. Well over the last couple of months, I have added three new pieces to my Laura Gardin Fraser collection. To top it off all my new acquisitions are fairly scarce. Of interest to me is that all three were referred to me by another collector who has been watching E-Bay with me. I just love how unselfish and helpful so many of the people in this hobby are towards me. It doesn't get much better than this, good people and new acquisitions. The following is a brief summary of my three new pieces.
Just yesterday my neighbor gave me a bunch of the medals made for the presidents. They go from George Washington to Ronald Reagan and includes The White House medal. He has developed liver cancer so this means a lot to me. I plan on getting the others to complete the collection.
For my birthday Saturday I was lucky enough to get the Christmas crud so many people are getting around here. Poor me. I also received this outstanding medal from my wife. Lucky me. It is a bronze cast by the famous, I'll just call him artist, Enrico Manfrini. Signore Manfrini was born in 1917 in Lugo, Italy. There is a great deal of information on him for anyone that would like to learn more. He is know as "The sculptor of the Popes." He passed away in Milan during 2004. The totality of his work, mostly religious in nature, is huge. Now to my medal. On one side is a high-relief cast of a bee. Around the sides are the dates 1870 and 1970. There is a small hallmark at the bottom center. I am guessing that it is from the place that cast the large bronze medal. The other side features a hard working banker with a scale that he is weighing a sack of money. The other side has a large ledger book he is recording his findings in. Across the top are the words CREDITO ITALIANO, which is Italian for Italian Credit. The bottom center carries the signature E. Manfrini. The details of the medal are as follows: It is a bronze cast made in Italy during 1970. It's diameter is 70 mm with an average thickness of 16.02 mm. I can't tell you the weight as my scale won't go high enough. I would estimate it at a full pound! I really don't know much about this medal at this time. I will let everyone know when I learn the story behind it and more of it's history and meaning. It has great meaning to me as I happen to be Italian and a beekeeper. Bees are often portrade as industrious, and hard workers leading to wealth. Italian culture has the connection between a beekeeper and his or her bees as almost spiritual in nature.. A fitting back to a banker figuring credit. I hope you enjoy this blog and photos. Please feel free to comment. Thanks for looking.
On December 13, forty five years ago the last step taken by a man on the moon occurred. Yes that was 1972, the mission Apollo 17, and that lucky guy was Gene Cernan, and like so many of these childhood heroes he passed away on the 16th of this year at the age of 82. Of course as Numismatist we have many avenues to commemorate the Apollo missions. Some items come at a very modest entry fee like a 72 Ike Dollar, as the reverse is basically identical to the Apollo 11 mission patch. Should you want an item that has actually travel to the moon the provenance of any such numismatic item can add thousands to the price putting it as much out of the reach as the moon is to most of us. Then there is a small Franklin mint piece that gives you the opportunity to own something at the fraction of the price that may have went to the moon.
Everybody knows that you don't clean your coins or other numismatic items. If you try the professionals will know. I wanted to let you know about a recent good experience with one of the third party graders.
Sir William Wellesley Pole, the first Duke of Wellington's brother, commissioned Pistrucci to create the medal 10 days after the Allied victory. They were intended to be produced in several formats. There were 2 be 4 gold medals for the heads of state of the countries that were involved in defeating Napoleon. Silver medals were to be produce for soldiers that fought with valor during the battle of Waterloo.
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