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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 1/2" diameter or so) they are heavy (normally 4 1/2 to 7 1/2 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 11-17, the ASTP, and the Apollo 11 Kennedy medal, 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. I will look and see if I have some pictures of my old collection of these medals. They are very beautiful to own!

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posted 11-22-2009 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimsz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I came upon a couple of medallions I had in a box of NASA Facts. I remember buying these as a kid but really don't remember anything about them.

Images here - 2.5 Medallions.

They are 2.5 inches wide, heavy and the box says Medallic Art Co Danbury, Ct.

Does anyone know anything about these?

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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 know a little about them.

I in fact I have some bronze and .999 silver versions of Apollo 11, Skylab and the Apollo Soyuz mission. I suggest looking for the silver ones, they have more value then the bronze ones, not only because they are pure .999 silver but are very rare.

I have shown the front and back of the coins. All are 2.5". 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.

davidcwagner
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posted 02-20-2011 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a number of the larger Medallic Art Co. 4.5 oz silver Apollo medals. All but one are marked .999 silver on the rim and have a serial number. One Apollo 11 medal is marked "Sterling" with no serial number. It is the only one that I have seen marked "Sterling."

Any info or comments? Thanks.

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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.

zee_aladdin
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posted 04-13-2011 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zee_aladdin   Click Here to Email zee_aladdin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's so nice to see these medals again. Reminds of the days when I had 900+ different space related coins. I did the first Glenn Research Center show in Ohio. You can see a pic of my stuff here, I am in the third picture, they gave two full booths to display my coins.

...those were the days!

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 (if anyone has an extra to sell please contact me).

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!

I found this on the Medallic Arts site, but can't see this being the coin as just not up to the standards of the others and only one sided.

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
Patrick, I have a large 2.5-3 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 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jason, thanks! If you look on the side of the medals, they should say "Medallic Arts Co., NY Bronze." The silver ones also have a serial number, but not the bronze.

JBoe
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posted 12-28-2017 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll have to double check the larger medallion, but I know the 1.5 inch medallion has a serial number.

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/not sure if silver

    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

    Skylab:

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

    Viking Lander:

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

    Space shuttle:

  18. STS-1 Columbia presentation box with Patch- Bronze/silver
  19. 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.

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