ISRAEL silver medal Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition 1974


ISRAEL, medal, 1974, Obverse: head L, Picasso signature, Reverse: 1ST ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN INTERNATIONAL PIANO MASTER COMPETITION JERUSALEM 1974 in English and Hebrew, cast sterling silver, antiqued, 45mm, 46.79g, in box, Unc

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The organizers of the piano competition asked for and obtained the sponsorship of pianist Arthur Rubinstein. The portrait on the medal was drawn by Pablo Picasso.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.