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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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Comments

I. R. Bama

Level 5

She also did a beautiful double equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson that had been removed from Baltimore. It was dedicated during it's unveiling and presentation by Nancy Pelosi's father ironically enough

Mike

Level 7

On a personal note there is no love lost between Nancy Pelosi's and thousands and millions of Americans. It's simple a country's history weather it was bad or good is still that country's history. You can't right it by hiding statues. Lest we forget those poor people. Who lost there lives . Good side or bad. History will always be. He who has not sinned cast the first stone.. Through the history of time we have read about some of the evil in many countries against others there. Take the statues and The pictures down all your doing is enhancing the bad and not the good. For each of all the people involved also served and did great things as well as bad.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

She was one of the best. Thanks for sharing Mike. You taught me a few things.

Koinkid

Level 3

Very great blog.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Mike, I research and write about those things of which I am passionate about. My only desire is to freely share what I have learned with anyone who is interested. People have freely shared their knowledge with me and I just want to pass that on. If that makes me an expert, so be it. However, I have never felt comfortable thinking of myself as an expert in anything. I am passionate about a great many things of which LGF is one of those. In like manner, I could consider you an expert on Conder Tokens because you are passionate about them. I know that you are just like me and only want to freely share what you have learned. What makes me glad is when somebody picks up my mantle to research and learn all they can about LGF. In this hobby, the more the merrier. It is also my desire to live a humble life that is never about me. Thank you for your compliments and it is all worth it knowing that you are blessed by something I have written.

Longstrider

Level 6

Gary, You sir are a great gentleman.. I am proud to know you. Even just through this site.

Longstrider

Level 6

Great blog Mike. That photo of her working on a staue reminds me of those old 1960's clay motion movies. She is definitely a classic. Thanks.

Mokie

Level 6

There is a fantastic book recommended to me by the expert that Mike B mentioned, it should be in every numismatic library. its title is End of the Trail by Dean Krakel. Read it and you will get a brief glimpse into the creative hearts of the Fraser's. Thanks for the blog Mike B, your LGF Expert Friend is also very active on this site.

coinsbygary

Level 5

I bought a hardcover edition of this book recently on e-bay for $1. The postage was much more expensive than the book! If anyone is interested, I have a paperback version of this book available for $1 plus postage. Send me a message if you are interested.

Kepi

Level 6

What a great artist she was! I have several medals and coins that she designed in my collection. Love her works! Thanks for a wonderful blog Mike! ; )

Imagine what our coinage would have looked like if Mrs. Fraser was given the same opportunity as Charles Barber!

Golfer

Level 5

Beautiful medal and great story. I need to read more about her. This past year has made me a medal collector for sure. Like seeing medals and reading about the history about the medal and designers.

"SUN"

Level 6

Nice blog. Every blogger has there own way of writing and knowledge on any given subject. Great medal.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

She was the first woman to design a U.S. coin that went into circulation, namely the Alabama Centennial Commemorative half dollar. Two versons were issued, one had a 2x2 on the obverse and one does not. The significance of the 2x2 is that Alabama was the 22nd state and the X is the St Andrews cross from the Alabama state flag. The obverse features Alabama's first governor Bibb and the incumbent governor Kilby at the time of the Centennial. The reverse features the old state seal with the old state motto "Here We rest" (We'll leave the lights on for ya! LOL)

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