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1974 Medallic Art Company "Inspiration" Multi-Part Frank Eliscu w/ Bonus Medal


1974 Medallic Art Company "Inspiration" Multi-Part Frank Eliscu w/ Bonus Medal

  • 1974 Medallic Art Company "Inspiration" medal by Frank Eliscu
  • The first multi-part medal to be struck in America; this medal contains two separate medals that was created from 3 designs
    • The interiors of both medal pieces were created from the same design that interlocks with each other (one raised and the other recessed)
    • The ring of flames design allow the medal to be aligned correctly when stacking (no two flames are identical)
  • Issued to celebrate the spirit of Inspiration and the heights that it can drive the human spirit, as embodied by Pegasus
    • Pegasus was the symbol of wisdom from the Middle Ages until the Renaissance, when he became a symbol of poetry and the creator of inspiration
  • Obverse depicts Pegasus being released from the Hand of God; the conception of Inspiration, releasing this force for the use of mankind if only he can harness it
  • Interior shows Man, the artist, harnessing the elusive Pagasus by the use of tools; Man reaches for the moment of inspiration, and Pegasus is caught for a fleeting instant while the artist captures the idea he is seeking
  • Reverse features the heads of Man and Pegasus in harmony; shown in artistic repose, the harmony is accomplished, the creativity is produced, the work is done
  • Edge is stamped with "Medallic Art Co. Danbury, Conn." and "BB1533/2500"
  • Designed by Frank Eliscu (1912-1996)
    • Frank Eliscu was a sculptor and art teacher who designed and created the Heisman Memorial Football Trophy in 1935
    • He also created the official Inaugural Medal presented to President Gerald Ford
  • Minted by the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, CT
  • Mintage of 2500 medal sets
  • Struck from bronze
  • Diameter: 2.25 inches (57 mm)
  • Weight: 213.2 grams (combined)
  • Condition: Pre-owned; box and holder have signs of major wear; medal is in excellent condition
  • Includes: 2 part medal, box, paper, holder
  • Also includes: Bonus medal from Medallic Art Company
    • Obverse has the same image as the interior of the 2-part medal: Man harnessing Pegasus
    • Reverse contains the text "MEDALLIC ART COMPANY DANBURY CONNECTICUT"
    • Edge is stamped with "MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE"
  • This was possibly a promotional item to help advertise America's first 2-part medal
  • Struck from bronze
  • Diameter: 2.5 inches (63 mm)
  • Weight: 115.4 grams
  • Condition: Pre-owned; bonus medal has some minor dings; dirty (this item has not been cleaned)
*Expected grades are approximate.

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Reference Item # FMT-1110
JBC 11/7/14