The Chicago Coin Club will hold a meeting in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. It will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
David T. Alexander will present a program titled, “The Mysterious Demise of Art Medals in America.” The high point of American art medals was between 1909 and 1995. During the early 20th century, the Beaux-Arts movement brought
medallic art design to prominence among American sculptors. Organizations formed, sculptors joined, diverse art styles were submitted and a panorama of American medals were issued.
The list of artists who made up the organization rosters included every major American medalist of the era and several from other countries. However, the organizations ceased to exist in 1995 and took with them an 86-year tradition of creating unique American art medals. Alexander will tell the story of these organizations, showcase some of their medallic works and detail the story of their mysterious end.
Alexander is the author of American Art Medals, 1909-1995, a 294-page book published in 2010 by the American Numismatic Society.
For more information on the Chicago Coin Club or its meeting, email Carl Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write Chicago Coin Club, P.O. Box 2301, Chicago, IL 60690.
Full details of the World’s Fair of Money are online at www.worldsfairofmoney.com.