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  • Spring Wind - Autumn Wind 1974
    by Laszlo Ispanky
    SOM-89.1
    Golden bronze with tan patina

    This medal was chosen as the 89th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1974.

    The obverse shows pert-breasted, semi-draped girl seated, with wind-blown hair. Border of flowers; to left, SPRING WIND

    The reverse shows a shirtless youth from behind. Border of leaves; to left, AUTUMN WIND; below, (LI monogram) © 1974

    After two philosophically oriented medals by Kaufman and Grove this medal represented a return to lighter-hearted subject matters. Ispanky was fascinated by the seasons and tied the beauty of youth into the medal as well. He wrote:

    "The cycle of the seasons represents life itself, weathering continuing changes from birth through maturity."

    The medal measures 73mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York. Its reported mintage is 809 pieces in bronze.

    SOM-89.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 89TH ISSUE - APRIL 1974 LASZLO ISPANKY, SC.(C)
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
    SOM-89.2
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
    SOM-89.3
    Silver
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 89TH ISSUE - APRIL 1974 LASZLO ISPANKY, SC.(C)
    SOM-89 Romance Brochure
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