American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



Lecture and book signing by ANS Fellow, David Alexander
author of American Art Medals, 1909–1995

Chicago Coin Club
Meeting held in Conjunction with the American Numismatic Association Convention - The World's Fair of Money
Donald Stephens Convention Center

Rosemont, IL
10 AM, Saturday, August 20, 2011
Room 5
The meeting is open to all convention attendees

About the Lecture
The Mysterious Demise of Art Medals in America
By David T. Alexander

The high point of American art medals was between 1909 and 1995. During the early 20th century the Beaux-Arts movement brought medallic art design to high prominence among American sculptors. Organizations formed, sculptors joined, diverse art styles were submitted from classical to modernism and a panorama of beautiful American medals were issued. The list of artists who made up the organization rosters included every major American medalist of the era and several from other countries. However, the organizations ceased to exist in 1995 and took with them an 86 year tradition of creating unique American art medals. Join the members of the Chicago Coin Club as David Alexander tells the story of these organizations, showcase some of their fabulous medallic works and tells the story of their mysterious demise. David authored American Art Medals, 1909–1995, a 294 page book published in 2010 by the American Numismatic Society.