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Rejoice Young Man in Thy Youth 1936
by R. Tait McKenzie
SOM-13.1
Red-gold bronze with brown patina
SOM-13.3
Golden bronze with brown patina
SOM-13.4
Silver

This medal was chosen as the 13th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1936. The obverse bears a line of five runners, flying geese overhead, slim whippet racing below. The reverse bears a nude athlete putting the shot. Flanking the athlete, 19 (RTM monogram) 36 - REJOICE / OH / YOUNG - MAN IN / THY - YOUTH; in exergue, ©

Robert Tait McKenzie is rightly famous for his athletic subjects and this medal is a good example. As he wrote in the brochure accompanying the medal:

"The last fifty years has shown a revival and spread of interest in competitive athletic sports and outdoor life that has no parallel in the history of the world...
As one who has followed this great movement from its inceptionto maturity I have chosen two phases of it for the thirteenth medal issued by the Society."

This medal measures 73mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York. The reported production quantity of this medal is 1,001 in bronze and 100 in silver.

References: Kozar 109, Marqusee 269

SOM-13.1
Bronze
73.0mm (2.87in)
Red-gold bronze with brown patina
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS THIRTEENTH ISSUE
MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y.
SOM-13.2
Bronze
73.0mm (2.87in)
Red-gold bronze with brown patina
M.A.C. / .NY.
MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y.
SOM-13.3
Bronze
73.0mm (2.87in)
Golden bronze with brown patina
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS THIRTEENTH ISSUE
MEDALLIC ART CO.-DANBURY,CONN.
SOM-13.4
Silver
73.0mm (2.87in)
THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS THIRTEENTH ISSUE - ONE OF LIMITED ISSUE OF 700
MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. - .999+ PURE SILVER

University of Pennsylvania Bicentennial1940
by R. Tait McKenzie
RTM-UP200
Bronze

The medal's obverse bears the university's coat of arms. Above and below, UNIVERSITY / OF / PENNSYLVANIA; to left and right, 1740 - 1940; in streamer across, LEGES - SINE MORIBUS - VANAE

The reverse bears a herm crowned by wo heads, oil lamp to left, light bulb on right. On both sides, TEMP- / ORIS LUX - ILLUSTRET / ACTI - POSTERITATIS / VIAM; in exergue, © / (RTM monogram) / 1938


Joy of Effort - AAHPER 50th Anniversary1969
by Robert Tait McKenzie
JOE-AAPHER
Bronze with tan patina

The medal's obverse bears the famous image of three nude males kicking a football from McKenzie's Joy of Effort medal. At left, (RTM monogram) / FECIT / 1932-3

The reverse has a wide square border around center field containing legend EDA-AAHPER / 1919-1969

The edge is marked MEDALLIC ART CO. NY.

This medal is an hommage to McKenzie's famous Joy of Effort design that goes back all the way to 1932. The Eastern District Association (EDA) of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPER)–certainly among the longer acronyms I've ever encountered–picked the famous motif to celebrate its 50th anniversary in medallic form.

This circular medal measures 40mm in diameter and was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of New York.

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American Art Medals, 1909-1995 by David Thomason Alexander
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