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  • George Balanchine 1983
    by Carter Jones
    SOM-108.1
    Golden bronze with tan patina

    This medal was chosen as the 108th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1983.

    The obverse shows bust r. of George Balanchine, set low and toward the right on field crossed by diagonal lines of incuse stylized dancers. Below, signed CRJ

    The reverse bears a boldly raised cabochon-like sun over water, a pair of incuse dancers within. Two square-rayed bands around sun with legend between, George Balanchine Choreographer 1904-83

    In his "From the Artist" Jones wrote

    "Music has always been the most powerful of the Arts for me. After my wife introduced me to George Balanchine's Ballets nine years ago, I have learned to watch the music through the dance. In this way, Mr. Balanchine taught me to appreciate the 20th century composers as much as the Baroques, Romantics, and Impressionists... whenever I hear the music, I see his dancers."

    The medal measures 73mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, Connecticut. Its reported mintage is 750 pieces in bronze.

    SOM-108.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS, 108TH ISSUE OCTOBER 1983, CARTER JONES
    (C) 1984 MEDALLIC ART CO. - DANBURY, CT. - BRONZE
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