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18 Oct 2022

How I Learned To Make A Medal

Medals | Mike

Hi everyone !! Hope all is well!! Let me tell you the basics of how this came to be.. I am a member of the Ancient Order Of HIBERNIANS. Who are they? Well we were formed when Britain was killing the Irish People back centuries ago. When the price of a Priest head was the same as an Irish Wolf Hound.

28 Jan 2022


Medals | Mike

Hi everyone. Well the snow is coming so I decided to write a blog on an item that I have not seen in a long time on this site. Medals The medal below I last wrote about four years ago. Only three people are still here. The contents will be different. The medal was made by a very famous medal maker . Jacques Weiner. He was the oldest of three brothers all excellent engravers. Now this was made in 1856. He had made thirty before this. He decided to do a series on fifty cathedrals in Europe. Things were going well. But when he came to the 41 medal he had lost his sight from all the detail he put into his work. I saw this on a Heritage Auction. No one was bidding. Then again most people don't collect medals and there were plenty to choose from. I saw the price and said I'm not winning this. I put a bid in and won!! Now he liked to write history on his medals. The bottom reads St. Peters church Founded about 612 rebuilt and erected an Abbey 958-1049. Now the left reads The present church constructed 1220-1285 restored end of the XV11 centurty. Now the right side reads Westminster Hall built 1397and the chapel of Henry V11 commenced 1503. Now that saved me allot of reserch. The name Hoydonk was the name of the person who researched Wieners medals. His full name was Emil Van Hoydonk.Now Jacques Weiner lived in Belgium. Born in 1815 died 1899. Now his two brothers did very well. His brother Charles became the assistant engraver at the Royal mint. His brother Leopold was appointed first engraver to the Belgium mint. A very talented family. There work commands good prices.

26 May 2021

The Smallest Biggest Medal

Medals | Mike

Hi everyone. A couple of weeks ago I saw a medal of Abraham Lincoln. It was at an auction. I will describe the medal I saw. It was made of copper 7.28 gm and 35mm. It came in three sizes they had two. The weight by the way includes the ribbon . He is facing right. The obverse reads centennial of Abraham Lincoln MCMIX. Also the designers name is under his neck. B.L.Pratt in small letters above the year. Who by the way studied under Augusta St. Gaudins. And also made the U.S. Gold 5 Indian Head... Now that's just the beginning. The reverse has an eagle with outstretched wings with an Olive Branch in his talons. Then the famous words. He had many but they chose these. "The Government of The People By the People Shall Not Perish From the Earth" Under that there is a Fasces. A Fasces comes from the Latin word meaning bundle. Bundles of wooden slats sometimes with an axe and the blade being seen.. The medal itself is uncirirculaded and has a beautiful Patina on it. Now that's allot for a small medal. The Fasces goes back to the Romans you will see it in other coins. It is rapped most of the time in leather. Now it came in the original cardboard holder with plastic protecting it. This is from 1909. It has gold embossed lettering on the face. See picture bellow. In the reverse of the holder there is a typed message. It reads "Official Medal Issues by the State Of New York Under Authority of George W. McClellen Mayor of New York Febuary12,1909. (Medal Designed By Bella Lyon Pratt)." Now you didn't expect this beautiful medal to take so much time to describe. But big things come in small packages. This medal was taken care of. Yes the holder is beat up a little if look how old it is. It's actually in great shape for its age. It did it's job I just wish I had the name of the person who owned this. It was made at the Whitehead & Hoag company in New Jersey. The designer Pratt lived from 1 867 to May 18 1917. Now my feelings. Medals come in all sizes and shapes. Here we have a small medal that contains so much history. It truly is a piece of our country and history When I saw it I thought it was a cent with a ribbon. Then I read the description. I couldn't believe it. You have Lincoln and the words he

18 Apr 2021

They Asked Me To Make A Medal!

Medals | Mike

I hope everyone is well. Now i was going thru some coins and found this medal. I knew I had written a blog on this year's ago. I went back and read it. It was awful. So I decided to write the right way.! Years ago I belonged to the Ancient Order Of Hibernians. It is an ancient order formed in 1565 by Rory Oge O'Moore.. He organized it because the BrItish were cutting the heads of Catholic Priest which was the same price as the head of the Irish Wolfhound. They say a light left on at night meant it was a safe house for.a.Priest. Now our 175 anniversary in the United States was coming up. There thinking was it you collect coins you know how to make them!.So i was volunteered to make this medal. I had no idea were to start. I knew we needed an obverse and a reverse with meaning. So i contacted our Nation Historian. Mike McCormick.. He was the best. I contacted Tom McSorley to help me with phone calls.. I called the Highland mint since I did business with them before. They were very helpful. I thought they would ask for a sculpture . You don't know what they need.Mike did his research and came up with many designs. We would disagree on this one and that one. Then he found the obverse. The American Flag and The Irish Flag from centuries before. We agreed. He added the Celtic cross above the shaking hands. Our motto Friendship ,Unity ,Christian Charity. The ribbon A.O.H. The date May 4, 1836. Now I sent it to the mint. Here was the learning part. He taught me about making the dies. How deep did we want it ? What type metal. I knew some of the process. So I just said yes. The reverse was easy . We were formed in Philadelphia and New York the same day!.So the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty. Heritage and Homeland. 175 for the years. Born in Liberty in English and Gaelic.. The dates on the bottom. This did not take a week. It took months. We disagreed and agreed.The phone calls to the mint . What size do we send. Color or black and white. I asked the mint if I could have four medal made in silver proof. No problem no charge and numbered. The label says 2011 Medal.Ancient Order Of Hibernians #0002. 1OZ .999 silver PF 68 DCAM. This sounded easy but just can tell you this took six or seven months. I learned so much . From beginning to end. We ordered bronze.10,000. Now it cost if I remember 3.50 each. Or 4.00. We charged 25.00. Don't forget at this point we still defend the clergy. .But we raised funds for.charity.Any charity . . We write the checks. Everyone benifits. We never have said no to a legitimate charity. We're very proud of that. So that's an idea of some of the things . How many ? How much? Mailing, cost of shipping records. And the medal.. It's just not drawing a circle. You need a very sharp design. It couldn't be hand drawn. Putting it all together on a computer. So I saw it through. The affects of my accident had got to bad. My decades of service had to end. They did make me a life member. I had done many things for the Order. This was one of the highlights. Thanks hope you enjoyed it!So to Michael McComick who did the most. The research. He did us well with his knowledge. Without it we would still be working on it.!

13 Feb 2021

Rachel Louise Carson

Medals | Mike

Hi everyone . I hope your all fine and well. I know the first question . Who was Rachel Louise Carson. She was a great woman and a fighter her whole life to clean up the envirment. That movement didn't start ten or twenty years ago. It started with this great author and marine biologist. She was born May 27,1907 she passed on April 14,1964. But what did she do she started work on the Global Environment movement. She wrote a book called Silent Spring. Her most famous and well read book.. As I said she started as a marine biologist. She moved on to the other problems facing the world.Her career started at the U.S Bureau of Fisheries and became a full-time author in the 1950's. Then she turned to conservation and the main problem being pesticdes. You see now what I mean when I say this movement didn't start twenty or thirty years ago. She took on the problems and immediately took on major compaines. She testified before.Senate subcommittee. The book Silent Spring was written in 1962. Her best writing. She went after the companies making pesticides such as D.D.T.. She never backed down and it led to a national ban on this dangerous chemical. This one person . This one woman. Took on the giants of industry. This led to The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Who says one person can't change things. Many famous individuals have. Now her first story was written t the age of ten. To list her publications they would all have to do with with issues dealing with environmental issues. This magnificent died of a heart attack caused by cancer. Some say from studying and learning about the damage these chemicals caused. The rivers and oceans. P!ants that we need to grow and live on. Her posthumous honors could fill a book on its own. That's because this woman changed the way we live todayl! Over the globe. Companies dumping waste into rivers and oceans killing fish fry the thousands. Where did I get this medal about this wonderful woman.? From the AN.A. I think there still for sale. The medal was designed by a gentleman named Don Everhart. It's 71kmm 142 grms. Just look at the design. The American Eagle with its catch. Her likeness with a farm ,deer an eagle in flight a butterfly a river and a forest. Every thing she worked for. So we could live a life today without poisons and the killing of great animals. Fish from clean ruvers. This woman we owe the earth for a rare wonderful woman and what she did. This Medal was supposed to be sold at the A.N.A. Show in 2020. But we know it was cancelled. Call. I believe they have ones in silver and bronze. This is what this hobby does. It teaches us. How many people knew of this woman before the Medal. not many. A great choice by the A.NA. It's beautiful and I would call and pick one up. They are numberd. I have 41. But it's the Medal that counts. That teaches. Just like this hobby!! Thanks. Mike!!

14 Nov 2020


Medals | Mike

Hi I hope.you are all well. When I read Gary's great blog about his service to this country and the wonderful job he did . I asked myself what other unknown hero's are out there. I found the one below. There is not much to say about it but it tells how everyday citizens served in there own neighbood. I found this on ebay and it speaks so loud of our country.I had to have it.

06 Oct 2020

Paul Revere Medal 1975

Medals | Mike

Hi my friends I hope you are all well. This blog starts of with Henry Wandsworth Longfellow. He wrote a sonnet back in 1860. Almost a hundred years after Paul Revere! We have herd the beginning of this many times in school. "Listen My Children and you Shall Here Of The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere." Who was Paul Revere. He was a patriot. He was an engraver, a silversmith. He had many tallents. He believed in freedom from England and was a member of the Sons of Liberty. He was born in January 1 ,1735. He passed on on May 10, 1818.at the be of 83. Now he is remembered for his famous ride.! But did it happen? It took place in April 18, 1775. He was warning Boston residents that the British were coming. He also participated in the Boston Tea party. Boarding a ship and tossing the tea into the water.. Now to his ride. He was supposed to warn John Hancock and Samuel Addams. He did not yell the British are coming. No he made noise so much to wake everyone.

03 Jul 2020

Medal 1876 J . -CM-11 American Centennial Medal

Medals | Mike

This is a medal I wrote about two and a half years ago. Since then I found new information that was not included in the first one. I won this beautiful medal at Heritage House. No one was bidding. It was a big auction and no one saw it. It was a sleeper. So I put in a bid and woke up the next day and won!! I looked into when I first saw it. The J was the key it stood for R. Julian. He wrote a book called " Medals of The United States Mint The First Century 1792-1892" . That's a book I would like to see. So we were celebrating a 100 years. Countries sent exhibits Not to mention our own new inventions. Germany sent there new cannons I will get to others . First the medal. It was designed by William Barber. And put out by the mint. It's 58 mm by 2and a quarter in diameter. It's made of bronze . In this grade there are 24 higher. There were tokens handed out and other medals made. Some in sets. Now there were 7000 large bronze medals made 2,100large copper 583 white medals one gold I could not find the number of silver. There was a silver medal also. There were different designs They sold five medal sets. The obverse says 1876 in commerce the hundreds anniversary of American independence act of Congress 1874. The reverse shows liberty holding an unheated sword pointing to the 13 stars.. It reads 1776 these United Colonies all and of right to be free and independent states. As I said I found a list new inventions of the day well the bananas not an invention but was introduced. A Remington Type Writer. A mechanical calculator with a handel.and a Mono Rail. Yes you read that right. There is a picture of the canons and the Mono Rail. And now you had Heinz Ketchup.So you see we were not that far from becoming automated . We were advanced but not like some countries who had centuries on us. This great event was held in Pennsylvania were else would we celebrate. . Thousand attended there was food entertainment. They all had a great time. Imagine the banana who would of thought!! Enjoy on another note the grounds stood till 1954.

26 Jun 2020

The Aloha State The 50 State!

Medals | Mike

Well I hope everyone is ok. Hawaii what can you say is that I would.like to go. As you see in some of the pictures below the beauty is unreal. Like any other state they have good and bad sections. But the good is absolutely out of this world. It took over ten thousand years for nature to make these islands of beauty. The best part is it's still growing. It's the only state of the United States located in the Pacific Ocean.. It has 137 islands over 1500 miles.The word Hawaii simply means Hello. Can't get better than that.. The other islands besides the big ones are volcanic islands. The King of the main island was King Kamehameha spoken like this (Kah-May'-HA-May'-Ha). Now if you can say that your very good. The original settlements were made by the Polynesians.They were there for 2,000 years. They settled the islands back in 300 to 600 A.D.. To think these islands were totally uninhabited for millions of years. The Polynesians came from the Marquesas Islands. Hawaii is named after Hawaii's the legendary name of the Polynesian homeland. They had four major gods.Ku,Kanaloa,Lono,and Kane. They Island also had a mythology the, Menehune. They still argue weather these people existed or not. The first coinage was a one cent copper in 1847. It had a mintage of 100,000. That survived till 1900 when they took upon AMerican coinage. The medal itself is striking. It's rare because of a mistake in the spelling of one of the islands. Which I can see happing.. I put site lettering were the mistake is its right between the E in the and A in Aloha. The correct spelling wood be all the letters together. Niimau.. I hope you enjoyed this small blog on our 50th state. The state seal is very impresive. Just look at the detail. The medal is 64mms and 130g. made by the Metallic Art.

17 Jun 2020

Laura Garden Fraser Medal Proclaim Liberty

Medals | Mike

Hi hope is all well. Today I will attempt to write about a medal done by Lauren Garden Fraser. This will be hard for me. We have on this site an expert on L.G.F.. He has been published and has won many awards about L.G.F. I will tell you I'm not in that league but I own the medal and everyone should share anything done by this great woman. .She was born on September 14,1889 and passed away August13 ,1966. She was talented beyond her years. From coin, to medals and sculptures. . She made so many its impossible to list them all. She loved animals like dogs and horses. In 1930 i believe she was chosen because of her great work to design a medal for George Washington's two hundredth birthday. . The medal below is one of the originals. It shows wear and tear. . It's 75 mm and weighs 239.5g and is one eighth thick. This are my figures I may be off a bit. There was a re-strike of this medal in the 1970's. and is 56 mms long. Now the medal itself has George Washington on the obverse. Below that his standard now you might see under the bust of Washington the words Laura Garden Fraser. I put two small arrows so you can see it. The reverse has Lady Liberty . She's holding a torch in one hand and a sword in the other. The writing says "Proclaim Liberty Threw out The Land". It's a classic design. The accessing number is 32119. If you go to library of a gallery you would look that number up and find this medal. Also there are thirteen stars around the top. Now I told you about The medal. I called it a classic. So were her other works.. There is not enough room for her other famous works. It seems anything she touched was a success. I looked at her coins and medals. There fantastic. Now I said we have an expert on L.G.F. Gary i know wanted to do justice to the woman but it's a blog. I hope I satisfied those who never heard of her. There is a coin you might know.a so called dollar of General Douglas MacArthur. It's a popular coin done by her. All there is a lot. Gary i gave it the old college try. . I hope you learned something about the Greatest and most talented woman who ever created a medal ,coin or sculptures. There are not that many people that come around I in a lifetime. We were lucky to have her. Look up her works. You can use a book or Gary's Register site award wining. Thanks and stay well. Mike.


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