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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.!

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

Great story for a great cause. That was a lot of work.

Longstrider

Level 6

Wow! That is an amazing amount of work. It must have been difficult to condense t for this blog. beautiful medal. A club I belong to, MPC Fest, is taking orders for a Challenge Coin right now. Glad I wasn't involved in that deal. Thanks Michael. Great blog.

CopperCollector

Level 4

Wow you got to design a coin pretty cool. Also good job on the design.

Kepi

Level 6

This is great Mike! Amazing design and back story! ; )

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Good work, and a beautiful design. I hope to get one soon!

Mokie

Level 6

Wow, very cool Mike. I wonder if those medals turn up on Ebay once in a while, would love to get a hold of my Friend Mike's artistic efforts.

Golfer

Level 5

Awesome medal and story. 10,000 of them ? Thats a lot. Maybe I can find one !

"SUN"

Level 6

Medals have so much too say

Long Beard

Level 5

I tried once to join the Ancient Order of Hibernians but alas, I'm not Catholic. Go figure since my heredity hails from the Island.

Kevin Leab

Level 4

Wow....I love it Mike!! I enjoyed reading this blog...the history and the work that you and others put into this would be something to be very proud of. Thank you for sharing this!

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