This article was originally printed in the latest issue of Numismatic News.
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The Token and Medal Society’s 50th anniversary officially falls on Nov. 29, 2010, but members will be begin the celebration at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 10-14 in Boston and finish in Detroit, where the inaugural meeting was held, at the Michigan State Numismatic Society Show Nov. 26-28.
For a keepsake of the society’s 50th general meeting in Boston, TAMS sought the help of The Medallic Art Company and its new owner, Ross Hansen’s Northwest Territorial Mint, to produce a medal.
Every summer since 1983, TAMS has issued a member-designed assemblage medal as a souvenir of the society’s general meeting at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. Due to budget concerns, the board decided that the 50th anniversary medal would become the last in the series.
For this final issue, medals chairman Don Young and his committee decided to use a larger 2-inch format. Artist Rick Eger’s design captured the majority vote from TAMS members. The obverse was sculpted by Marion Rosenau, the reverse by Steve Adams. It has been struck in antique nickel and .999 fine silver versions.
Examples can be purchased at the TAMS table in Boston, or ordered by writing 560 Marimon Ave., Harrodsburg, KY 40330.
The nickel version is priced at $35 and the silver, which contains two troy ounces of .999 fine silver, is available for $60.
The society was founded in 1960 by Jim Curto, Q. David Bowers, Cliff Mishler, Tom Fruit and others under the original name, “Society of Token and Medal and Obsolete Paper Money Collectors.”