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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 10th Anniversary Medal1972
JDL-LC10
Bronze with saddle-brown patina

This medal's obverse bears Sir Henry Moore's Reclining Figure sculpture.

The reverse shows view of Lincoln Center with court yard and fountain.

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was built as part of Robert Moses' program of urban renewal in the 1950s and 1960s. Civic leaders led by John D. Rockefeller III contracted famous architects to design Lincoln Center and rejuvenate and reenrgize the previously blighted neighborhood around Lincoln Square. Today, Lincoln Center hosts the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Ballet and the neighborhood is one of New York City's cultural hubs.

The medal celebrates the 10th anniversary of the opening of the complex's first building, the David Geffen Hall, in 1962.

The circular medal measures 76mm in diameter and was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of New York. No mintage is reported.

References: MACo 1972-127

Camelot 1983
by Joseph Di Lorenzo
SOM-107.1
Golden bronze with tan patina

This design by Di Lorenzo was chosen as the 107th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series.

Its obverse bears Merlin and knights watching Arthur drawing the sword from an anvil. On anvil, incuse EXCALIBUR; on building at left, signed JDL sc. with initials in script.

The reverse bears a mountaintop castle with six towers around keep; clouds behind. Below, CAMELOT.

While the Arthurian legend is very popular and has been told, retold, and re-retold many times, I have never been a fan of anything but the original and the most faithful renditions. This medal with its mythical castle and a somewhat stylized depiction of the crucial moment in Arthur's life does not talk to me like many of the other medals of the series do.

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

SOM-107.1
Bronze
73.0mm (2.87in)
Golden bronze with tan patina
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS, 107TH ISSUE MARCH 1983, JOSEPH DI LORENZO
(C) 1983 MEDALLIC ART CO. - DANBURY, CT. - BRONZE
SOM-107.2
Bronze
73.0mm (2.87in)
Golden bronze without patina
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS, 107TH ISSUE MARCH 1983, JOSEPH DI LORENZO
(C) 1983 MEDALLIC ART CO. - DANBURY, CT. - BRONZE
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