Medals relating to Atlanta

As always, you can click or tap medals to see the reverse. Some medals might have multiple variants that differ in material, size, or other details. If multiple variants are available you can drag or slide medals sideways to display them.

Atlanta Hilton Opening Medal1960

The obverse bears bust of Conrad Hilton with his signature below truncation.

The reverse bears Hilton crest above two flags, surrounded by stylized laurel. Around top, TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING; on flags, HILTON / INN; at bottom, ATLANTA · GEORGIA / JUNE · 1960

The edge is marked MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y.

Conrad Hilton (1887-1979) was born in San Antonio to a Norwegian father and a mother of German descent. He originally intended to become a banker but when a planned bank purchase fell through he bought a hotel instead. From these humble beginnings in Cisco, Texas in 1919, he grew the company to the first international hotel chain and eventually owned 242 hotels worldwide.

This is one of five medals the Hilton Hotel chain commissioned from Menconi to commemorate hotel openings. The medals share the same obverse but have different designs for the reverse.

The round medal measures 69.9mm and was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of New York.

References: MACo 1960-080

This medal typically trades on eBay under $40.