Medals from the Society of Medalists

The Society of Medalists was established in 1930 to encourage the medallic work of superior sculptors and to make their creations available to collectors.

The Society is the America's oldest and finest art medal collector's organization. Each design is struck in solid metal with a hand finished patina, and is larger, heavier and of higher relief than most other art medals. To this day, Medallic Art carries on its tradition of working with the world's elite minting artisans to craft minted art that is both beautiful and timeless. D. Wayne Johnson, Medallic historian has a post on Medalblog on the Society of Medalists which we recommend to anyone wanting to know more. Society of Medalists link.

Adam and Eve, Issue 126

Adam and Eve Medallion

The “Adam and Eve” sculptured medal created by Karen Worth in 1993 is a riveting—almost hypnotic—piece that captures the circumference of the Eternities and ventures to explain the unexplainable to our Souls. The obverse graphically portrays the coiled serpent succeeding in the temptation of Eve, and her showing of the fruit to Adam. As a consequence of both Adam and Eve partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they were cast out, and angels with flaming swords were set to guard the Tree of Life and the gate to the Garden.

The reverse is a stark representation of the Retribution of God toward those who would disobey His laws. Adam is shown suffering the fires of Hell, yet is finally snatched from this torment by a winged heavenly Being. The agony and the ecstasy….

This “Adam and Eve” medal is struck in limited quantities by Medallic Art Company. All medals in the series of the Society of Medalists have been struck by the Medallic Art Company, America’s oldest and largest private mint.

The sculptor, Karen Worth, was elected a fellow of the National Sculpture Society in 1960, and designed her first medal for the Society of Medalists in 1963. Since that time, she has designed more than 600 coins and medals. Karen has been awarded the American Numismatic Society’s Medal of Signal Achievement, and the Sculptor of the Year gold medal.

Creation, Issue 122

Creation Medallion

“Creation,” is a striking creation in antique copper by famed sculptor Marcel Jovine. Inspired by the Michelangelo painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, this medal adds a certain tension and creative force to that iconic image of God giving life to Man. Against a stark background of creative matter, the image of God and Man stand out alone, the Man—now created from dust—being infused with life by the finger of God. The reverse of this impressive medal represents completed creation, the lower forms of life showing on the outer circumference, higher forms gradually ascending through a chambered nautilus to arrive at Man in the center, the highest and most noble of God’s creation.

This beautiful medal is struck in limited quantities by Medallic Art Company. All medals in the series of the Society of Medalists have been struck by Medallic Art Company, America’s oldest and largest private mint.

Marcel Jovine was one of America’s most noted industrial and fashion designers, a medallist, and a sculptor of figures and thoroughbred horses. He is responsible for the design of nearly 200 medals and commemorative coins, and sculptures of thoroughbred racehorses like 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed. During his lifetime Marcel received many honors and awards, among them the J. Sanford Saltus Medal for Medallic Art from the American Numismatic Society, and the Medal of Honor from the National Sculpture Society.

Flight of Icarus, Issue 124

Flight of Icarus Medallion

The myth of Icarus has elements of intrigue, danger, conspiracy, exuberance, freedom…and tragic death. Sculptor Joseph Sheppard has created an iconic presentation of the Flight of Icarus, one of the most known and fascinating Greek Myths. The father of Icarus created for King Minos the plan for the Minoan Palace of Knossos. He had also built the Labyrinth, a maze designed to imprison the monster Minotaur, which in turn would kill the king’s enemies who were thrown into the maze. Complicated intrigue and love triangles conspired to have Icarus and his father themselves thrown into the maze.

The father knew that the only method of escape would be a ‘flight to freedom.’ He managed to create gigantic wings made of branches and wax, and taught Icarus how to fly. However, he warned his son that he should not fly too close to the sun, lest the wax melt. Although Icarus was warned, the thrill of flying and the feeling of freedom led him to soar too close to the sun. His wings melted, and he fell into the sea, where he drowned. The Icarian Sea, where he fell, was named after him.

Many have said that this myth is really a story about not tempting the Gods by approaching too closely. Others say it is merely a fanciful story about Man’s universal yearnings to fly and discover the mysteries of the universe. Whatever, this impressive medal expresses the yearning and exuberance of Freedom, and captures the agony of a needless young death.

This “Flight of Icarus” medal is struck in limited quantities by Medallic Art Company. All medals in the series of the Society of Medalists have been struck by the Medallic Art Company, America’s oldest and largest private mint.

Sculptor Sheppard was born in Owings Mills, Maryland, attended the Maryland Institute of Art from 1948 to 1952, and enjoyed a Guggenheim Traveling Fellowship to Florence, Italy, in 1957. His life production has been prolific. In addition to sculpture, Mr. Sheppard has created a significant body of work in the diverse forms of oil paintings, murals, and prints and drawings. His professional awards are legion.

Old Kabul Bazaar, Issue 127

Old Kabul Bazaar Medallion

More than three decades ago, Afghan sculptor Amanullah Haiderzad helped create Afghanistan’s first undergraduate fine arts program at Kabul University. In 1994 he revisited in sculpture the famous Old Kabul Bazaar, and this impressive solid bronze work of art commemorates that famous spot. Directly on the ancient Silk Road stretching from Byzantium through Kabul and to Xian, China, home of the Terra Cotta Warriors, the Old Kabul Bazaar was a crossroads of trade and commerce in the ancient world.

The Old Kabul Bazaar exists today much the same as it did in the distant past. It is inhabited by grizzled old tribesmen and peasants wrapped in tattered cloaks squatting in the market. Street vendors ply their trades. Metal workers still today pound out farm implements with hammer and anvil or etch intricate designs into blackened pans prior to sale, much the same as in centuries past. Children, animals, old men with their coursing hounds—all are as familiar in the Old Kabul Bazaar today as they were when caravans spanning the mountains and high deserts stopped in Kabul to secure the rare ingredients used in the millennial art of natural vegetable dyeing.

The Old Kabul Bazaar, originally sculpted in 1994, is part of a special limited-edition offering from The Society of Medalists. All medals in the series have been struck by the Medallic Art Company, America’s oldest and largest private mint. The impressive piece is struck in solid bronze with a hand-finished patina, and measures 4x4 inches in size.

Amanulla Haiderzad is a noted sculptor in the classical tradition. His initial formal training was at The Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, from 1960 to 1964. In exile from his native Afghanistan for the last 20 years, Mr. Haiderzad has been featured in famous galleries throughout Europe and the United States, such as The Galleria Lerici, Italy, and the British Museum. He is the recipient of many professional awards, and a noted sculptor of The Society of Medalists.

Staircase, Issue 123

Staircase Medallion

The Staircase…an intriguing medal creation by Michael Mezaros, captures the anticipation and excitement of a first meeting, or the measured joy of one long-anticipated. This medal examines the delicate emotions and balance of two humans coming together, the warm embrace, the release of joy. The reverse gives us a view from above the spiral staircase where we realize that this joyous touching and reunion is secured within the circumference of the Circle of Life. From the outset, Michael’s medals focused on explorations of feelings and insights. An entire series in this genre was produced by the Royal Australian Mint.

This beautiful medal—Staircase—was first struck in 1991, by Medallic Art Company. All medals in the series of the Society of Medalists have been struck by Medallic Art Company, America’s oldest and largest private mint.

Mr. Mezaros’ career started at age 13 with a portrait medallion of his father. He graduated as an architect from the University of Melbourne, and in 1969 won a Churchill Fellowship to study medallion art at the Mint of Rome. He has produced 23 major commissions, and hundreds of medallions, large reliefs, portraits, trophies, fountains and personal sculptures.

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