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World Peace 1946
by Joseph Kiselewski
SOM-33.1
Golden bronze with olive-brown patina

This medal was chosen as the 33rd issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1946.

The obverse shows Peace in flowing tunic hovering on clouds before world globe. Around, WORLD PEACE

The reverse bears dove and olive spray on book, rays behind. Around, PEACE ON EARTH, AMONG MEN OF GOOD WILL; signed below, JK / ©

World War II had finally come to a conlusion and the world was exhausted... and relieved. Kiselewski tried to capture the optimistic attitude that seemed to point towards a future that could only be better than what lay behind. In his "From the Artist" he wrote:

"The war was over; the misery and horror had gone. I have tried to portray a simple and cheerful 'World Peace' which would rest the mind from the dismal past and look only to the bright future."

The medal measures 73mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York. Its reported mintage is 802 pieces in bronze and 60 in silver.

SOM-33.1
Bronze
73.0mm (2.87in)
Golden bronze with olive-brown patina
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS THIRTYTHIRD ISSUE 1946 JOSEF KISELEWSKI, SCULPTOR
MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y.
SOM-33.2
Bronze
73.0mm (2.87in)
Dark graphite brown patina
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS THIRTYTHIRD ISSUE 1946 JOSEF KISELEWSKI, SCULPTOR
MEDALLIC ART CO.-DANBURY, CONN
SOM-33.3
Silver
73.0mm (2.87in)
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS THIRTYTHIRD ISSUE 1946 JOSEF KISELEWSKI, SCULPTOR
Bicentennial 1976
BG-4
Golden bronze

This was the fourth of the prestigious Brookgreen Gardens member medals, issued in the United States' bicentennial year, 1976.

The obverse bears General George Washington kneeling in prayer, horse behind; above, thirteen stars in circle. Around, TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; in exergue, 1776 - 1976; signed above exergue at right, J. KISELEWSKI

The reverse bears scene from Brookgreen Gardens, live oaks and sculpture with pathways. At bottom, BROOKGREEN / GARDENS

The medal measures 76mm in diameter and was produced by the Medallic Art Company.

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