USA MICHIGAN large bronze medal founding of Detroit 1951


USA, MICHIGAN, medal, 1951, Obverse: French people in canoe, Indians on shore, ANTOINE DE LAMOTHE CADILLAC FOUNDER OF DETROIT 250TH ANNIVERSARY 1951, Reverse: modern city view, DETROIT’S 250TH BIRTHDAY FESTIVALPAST. PRESENT. FUTURE, Edge: plain with MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE stamped incuse, antiqued yellow bronze, 72mm, by Medallic Art Co., in original cardboard box, box worn, medal is nice Unc

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The Medallic Art Company was a major producer of art and commercial medals. It was founded in 1903 and went bankrupt in 2018. The American Numismatic Society purchased the archive.

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.