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  • Nature - Perennial Inspiration 1966
    by Robert Lohman
    SOM-73.1
    Thick green patina
    SOM-73.2
    Golden bronze with tan patina
    SOM-73.3
    Bright malachite green

    This medal was chosen as the 73rd issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1966.

    The obverse bears dryad-like leaf-crowned nymph under tree into whose branches are worked man and woman. Script legend below, nature

    The reverse bears figures writing, singing, dancing, painting and sculpting. Around, THE PERENNIALLY CREATIVE INSPIRATION; at left, Lohman / © 1965

    Lohman is mostly known for abstract sculpture and this is one of his few medals. He wrote in the brief message accompanying the medal:

    "To pay hommage to Nature for Her multitudinous contributions to mankind's intellect and perennial inspiration is intended in this medal."

    The green patina on this medal, probably intended to reinforce the Nature theme, was not generally well received. While many members liked the design, few came out in support of the patina. Maybe that is the reason that pieces that were created at least a decade later with the Danbury mint mark were held in plain bronze. Another theory is that the process by which the thick green patina was applied had been lost due to the retirement of skilled technicians when operations were moved from New York to Connecticut.

    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 807 in bronze.

    SOM-73.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Thick green patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 73RD ISSUE - MAY 1966 ROBERT LOHMAN, SC.(C)
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
    SOM-73.2
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with tan patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 73RD ISSUE - MAY 1966 ROBERT LOHMAN, SC.(C)
    MEDALLIC ART CO.-DANBURY, CONN
    SOM-73.3
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Bright malachite green
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 73RD ISSUE - MAY 1966 ROBERT LOHMAN, SC.(C)
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
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