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  • Arctic - Antarctic 1941
    by Erwin Springweiler
    SOM-24.1
    Golden bronze with olive-brown patina
    SOM-24.3
    Silver

    This medal was chosen as the 24th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1941.

    The obverse bears polar bear on floe, flying snow geese behind. In upper field, ARCTIC; around, * GREELY * BARTLETT * PEARY * BYRD *

    The reverse bears group of four penguins on ice. Around, * PALMER * WILKES * BYRD * ELLSWORTH *; below, ANTARCTIC / E.F.S / ©

    Springweiler described his thoughts in the brochure accompanying the medal:

    "In creating this medal I was thinking of another world, a silent and cruel one, the regions around the poles of our globe, the endless icewastes, the land of midnight sun."

    While stressing the barren and cruel nature of the polar reaches, he praised the men who had set out to explore them and commemorated their names on the medal.

    The medal measures 73mm in diameter and was produced by the Medallic Art Company. Its mintage is reported to be 999 pieces in bronze and 100 in silver.

    SOM-24.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with olive-brown patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS TWENTYFOURTH ISSUE 1941 - ERWIN F. SPRINGWEILER SCULPTOR
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
    SOM-24.2
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS TWENTYFOURTH ISSUE 1941 - ERWIN F. SPRINGWEILER SCULPTOR
    MEDALLIC ART CO.-DANBURY, CONN
    SOM-24.3
    Silver
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS TWENTYFOURTH ISSUE 1941 - ERWIN F. SPRINGWEILER SCULPTOR
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