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  • Alaska and Hawaii 1965
    by Margaret Grigor
    SOM-71.1
    Golden bronze with light tan patina

    This medal was chosen as the 71st issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1965.

    The obverse bears two Eskimo men, one ice fishing, tomcod near hole, one chopping ice blocks for a house. Around upper left, ALASKA

    The reverse bears two Hawaiian women, one grinding poi, one mending floor mat. Around upper right, HAWAII; in lower left, signed GRIGOR / ©

    In her message "From the Artist" Grigor wrote:

    "Since it will be many years before either of our newest states, Alaska and Hawaii, will be able to celebrate an anniversary of statehood... I wanted to celebrate their addition to the Union. To me the most interesting characteristic of both new states is that each has brought into our country a new and different culture and way of life."

    Members' reaction to the medal was enthusiasticly positive.

    The medal measures 73mm in diameter and was produced by the Medallic Art Company of New York. The reported mintage is 909 pieces in bronze.

    SOM-71.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with light tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 71ST ISSUE - MAY 1965 MARGARET GRIGOR, SC.(C)
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
    SOM-71.2
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with light tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 71ST ISSUE - MAY 1965 MARGARET GRIGOR, SC.(C)
    MEDALLIC ART CO.-DANBURY, CONN
    SOM-71 Romance Brochure
  • National Sculpture Society 75th Anniversary 1968
    by Thomas Lo Medico & Margaret Grigor
    TLM-NSS-75
    Bronze

    The obverse bears the muse of art riding facing Pegasus flanked by eagle and owl. Above, NATIONAL SCULPTURE SOCIETY; across, 1893 - 1968; below, SEVENTYFIFTH ANNIVERSARY. The reverse bears hands grasping sculptor's tools before rough pylon. Around, TO - FURTHER - THE - SCULPTURAL - HERITAGE; below, © 1968 NSS; signed MG under open hand.

    While the obverse of this medal was designed by Thomas LoMedico, the reverse was designed and signed by Margaret Grigor.

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American Art Medals, 1909-1995 by David Thomason Alexander
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