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  • Pippa's Song 1958
    SOM-57.1
    Red-gold bronze with tan patina

    This medal was chosen as the 57th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1958.

    The obverse bears farmer standing with bag of seed, arm resting on plow. Around, THE YEAR'S AT THE SPRING.

    The reverse bears woman feeding excited goose. Around, AND DAY'S AT THE MORN; below, C. RUDY 1958 ©.

    The legend on this medal comes from Robert Browning's 1841 poem Pippa Passes, in which they begin the song that Pippa sings:

    The year's at the spring,
    And the day's at the morn;
    Morning's at seven;
    The hillside's dew-pearled;
    The lark's on the wing;
    The snail's on the thorn;
    God's in his heaven -
    All's right with the world!

    This medal measures 73mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York. The reported production quantity of this medal is 650 in bronze and an unknown quantity in silver.

    SOM-57.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Red-gold bronze with tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 57TH ISSUE - MAY 1958 CHARLES RUDY, SC.
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
    SOM-57.2
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Red-gold bronze with tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 57TH ISSUE - MAY 1958 CHARLES RUDY, SC.
    SOM-57.3
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Dark graphite brown patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 57TH ISSUE - MAY 1958 CHARLES RUDY, SC.
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE (beveled rims)
    SOM-57.4
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Dark graphite brown patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 57TH ISSUE - MAY 1958 CHARLES RUDY, SC.
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE (squared rims)
    SOM-57.5
    Silver
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 57TH ISSUE - MAY 1958 CHARLES RUDY, SC.
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