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lunareagle
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posted 02-05-2007 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunareagle   Click Here to Email lunareagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my attempt to keep some order in my world I have limited my medal collecting primarily to the Robbins Medals. However, understanding that the Robbins Medals are quite rare and expensive, I have also found that the Medallic Arts medals offer quite a bit.

They are struck in high relief and are really done quite well. The completion of a set is reasonable, both in price and availability. Many times I have been able to acquire one for little over the melt value of the silver. And, they are struck in pure .999 silver.

Being that they are large (2.5 inch diameter or so) they are heavy (normally 4.5 to 7.5 oz of pure silver).

I have not yet fully accounted for all of the space medals that Medallic Arts has produced.

I understand that 10,000 each of the Apollo silver medals were struck. Each is serial numbered on the edge. I would venture to add that a collection with all medals bearing the same serial number would be most desirous because it would make a rather easy collection more difficult.

Anyone with knowledge of additional medals that exist please post what they are. I have found the Apollo 11 through Apollo 17 17, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and the Apollo 11 Kennedy medals so far. Any others?

zee_aladdin
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posted 02-06-2007 01:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zee_aladdin   Click Here to Email zee_aladdin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Medallic Arts also made many silver medals to commemorate Soviet scientists and space achievements.

Gus Man B
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posted 11-22-2009 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gus Man B   Click Here to Email Gus Man B     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have some bronze and .999 silver versions of Apollo 11, Skylab and the Apollo Soyuz mission.

I have shown the front and back of the coins. All are 2.5 inches. A couple are AMI.

space-coins
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posted 11-23-2009 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space-coins   Click Here to Email space-coins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do have pictures of most of them on my website.

ChrisCalle
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posted 02-23-2011 11:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChrisCalle   Click Here to Email ChrisCalle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My father designed a few medals for Medallic Art. I know he designed the Apollo 11 and the Gemini SpaceWalk medals as well as a Douglas MacArthur medal.

Here are photos of him working on the Apollo 11 medal and with the medal and Neil Armstrong.

Rob33
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posted 06-02-2012 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently picked up one of the Apollo 11 Medallic Bronze Medallions. I'm wondering if someone can explain a few things though.

The medallion is stamped "MEDALLIC CO N.Y. BRONZE" on the edge yet the medallion appears to be shiny silver. It's not the brown color that most other bronze medallions are.

Also, on the back, there is a stamp "CAL-4" underneath the typical words "Man's First Lunar Landing July 20-21 1969." I was wondering if anybody knows what CAL-4 means? Thanks for your help.

space-coins
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posted 06-17-2012 03:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space-coins   Click Here to Email space-coins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too have one of these "different" Apollo 11 medals — mine is stamped CAL-11.

If anyone knows what that means please share.

denali414
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posted 12-12-2017 08:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just started accumulating these medals, really great designs on the reverse. Have the bronze Apollo and Skylab completed, working on the silver now. Also looking for the Mercury one.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 12-12-2017 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a complete set of the silver Medallic Arts Apollo medallions with the display box and all the pamphlets describing each medallion. They produced beautiful medals over the years.

davidcwagner
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posted 12-12-2017 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The company produced a black plexiglas display with a wood frame. The frame had glass on both sides to view from either side. One frame held the seven Apollo medals and one frame held the Skylab medals.

I have Apollo 11 through Apollo 17 and Skylab 1-3 framed displays (all medals numbered no. 69), Also no. 69 Apollo Soyuz. Always looking to buy no. 69 of the others, particularly the STS-1 silver.

denali414
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posted 12-13-2017 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I looked at both the Medallic Arts site and Northwest Mint site and could not find any cases for these medals. Was this something just offered years ago?

And if not, is there somewhere we can still purchase these cases? I would really be interested in purchasing one... thank you!

denali414
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posted 12-28-2017 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have a picture or at least a description of the space shuttle Medallic Arts coin? Both obverse and reverse. I have been researching this medallion and can't seem to find it. Thanks for any help!

Also there are Viking 1 and 2 medallions in this series.

JBoe
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posted 12-28-2017 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a large 2.5 to 3 inch bronze medallion commemorating the STS-1 flight. I think, if memory is correct, this is a Medallic Art medallion. I know there are ones for at least the first three flights that highlights the flight on the reverse featured in the first image.

In addition to the larger medallions, a 1.5 inch serialized medallion is also available.

denali414
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posted 12-28-2017 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got one — it also has a COA with it from the Medallic Arts Company. It was done by Joseph Dilorenzo (the Apollo medals were done by Ralph Menconi) and has "Rockwell International MACO Bronze STS-1" and then has the launch and landing dates on the edge.

JBoe
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posted 12-28-2017 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's the one! I don't have a COA, but I know it was commissioned by Rockwell to be made by Medallic Art.

denali414
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posted 12-30-2017 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, I think I finally have a complete list of all the medallions in series:

Medallic Arts 2.5-inch Series

    Mercury:

  1. Project Mercury- bronze/silver/gold

    Apollo:

  2. Apollo 11- Bronze/silver
  3. Apoll0 12- Bronze/silver
  4. Apollo 13- Bronze/silver
  5. Apollo 14- Bronze/silver
  6. Apollo 15- Bronze/silver
  7. Apollo 16- Bronze/silver
  8. Apollo 17- Bronze/silver
  9. Apollo 11 lunar landing/(Goddard)- Bronze/silver
  10. Apollo 11 (Kennedy)- Bronze/silver
  11. Tribute to Apollo (Wright bros)- Bronze/silver
  12. Apollo/Soyuz- Bronze/silver
  13. Conquest of Space (Man's Dream)- Bronze/Silver

    Skylab:

  14. Skylab 1- Bronze/silver
  15. Skylab 2- Bronze/silver
  16. Skylab 3- Bronze/silver

    Viking Lander:

  17. Viking 1- Bronze/silver
  18. Viking 2- Bronze/silver

    Space shuttle:

  19. STS-1 Columbia presentation box with Patch- Bronze/silver
  20. STS-1 Columbia- Medallion with Wood holder only- Bronze/silver
There is also a Apollo-Soyuz medallion that looks almost the same but actually from AMI, which is a different company — says AMI on edge of that coin (not Medallic Arts or MACO).

If I have missed any, please let me know.

denali414
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posted 12-30-2017 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Medallic Arts has a very good blog going for people interested in the history and stories behind the medallions.

JBoe
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posted 12-30-2017 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the website Patrick. Maybe I'll be able to find out more about the Rockwell medallions.

denali414
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posted 01-14-2018 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Updated list for the Project Mercury medallion. Not sure if only a bronze version though, can't find a reference for a silver version. If anyone has one, please let me know.

OV-105
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posted 01-15-2018 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it me or did they use the Lion Brothers patches with the Shuttle medals?

JBoe
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posted 01-15-2018 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They appear to be Lion Bros. patches, but STS-3 I'm not sure.

denali414
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posted 03-28-2018 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Below are the two bronze Viking lander (1 and 2) Medallic Arts medallions:

denali414
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posted 05-20-2018 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Added to the list the "Conquest of Space/Man's Dream" Medallic Arts medal. Comes in both bronze and silver.

denali414
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posted 03-23-2019 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There also seems to be a smaller (22.5 grams) set of sterling silver Medallic Arts medallions. Below is an Apollo-Soyuz silver, which unlike the bigger medallion has the date stamped on face:

davidcwagner
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posted 06-08-2022 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by davidcwagner:
The company produced a black plexiglas display with a wood frame.
This is an example of the framed Medallic Art set for Apollo 11 to Apollo 17. There is a smaller version with the three Skylab medals.

denali414
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posted 06-14-2022 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you David! Still searching.

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