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Alexander talks art medals

David Alexander, senior numismatist at Stacks Bowers, was the guest speaker at the Flushing Coin Club’s October meeting in Flushing, N.Y.

Alexander is the author of American Art Medals, 1909-1995 published in 2010, and he presented on these medals.
Of the roughly 150 medals in this series, all presented in his book, Alexander showed slides of 25 of them and followed up with a hands-on display of 28 more.

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In general, the medals are large and permit great freedom and opportunity for the artist. One example was the 1937 medal by Chester Beach. The early days of tragedy in Europe created by World War II was its theme and the sober inscription reads “In peace sons bury their fathers; In war fathers bury their sons.” Each medal, Alexander explained to the club, has its own story.

When asked about his favorite, Alexander showed the 1940 medal by Walter Hancock entitled “Other Towers.” It expresses limitless optimism despite the destruction of World War II. The obverse shows two men raising a pillar; the reverse is a shattered oak stump with two new, hardy, well-leafed shoots growing beside it.

Although several medals in the series are in the $500 range, most are less than $100.

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By the end of his lecture, members said they had a new appreciation of this series.

For more information, contact the Flushing Coin Club at P.O. Box 754008, Parkside Station, Forest Hills, N.Y. 11377.

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