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  • Escape and Capture 1985
    by Richard McDermott Miller
    SOM-112.1
    Silver-plated copper with antiqued patina

    This medal was chosen as the 112th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1985.

    The obverse bears nude male trying and failing to grab nude female across circular center hole. Both are mostly contained in square field around center hole. Below, ESCAPE

    The reverse bears same figures but this time male succeeds in grabbing female's arm. Below, CAPTURE; in lower right of square, script RM

    The inspiration for Richard McDermott Miller's medal came from the sculptural metopes of Doric Greek architecture. He wrote in the brochure that accompanied the medal:

    "I felt that I could create a medal using this metope idea, but I wanted the figures to be in the full round. Also, I wanted to create a feeling of openness because 'metope' literally translates to 'space between'. That is why I have cut actual openings through the medal. They let each side flow into the other. Obverse and reverse connect in the center."

    The medal measures 73mm in diameter and was produced by the Medallic Art Company. Its reported mintage is 750 pieces in silver-plated copper.

    SOM-112.1
    Silver-plated Copper
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Silver-plated copper with antiqued patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS, 112TH ISSUE NOV. 1985 RICHARD McDERMOTT MILLER
    (C) 1985 MEDALLIC ART CO. - DANBURY, CT. CU. S/P
  • Working with Wind on the Water 1999
    BG-27
    Golden bronze

    This medal was chosen as the 27th issue of the prestigious Brookgreen Gardens member medal series in 1999.

    The obverse bears sculptor scrutinizing detail of female sculpture. Signed in lower right quadrant, RMM

    The reverse bears female figure astride with wind-swept dress and raised arms. Above, BROOKGREEN GARDENS; below, SOUTH CAROLINA

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

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American Art Medals, 1909-1995 by David Thomason Alexander
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