The Medallic Art Company Archives

of the American Numismatic Society

The Medallic Art Company (MACO) was one of the longest-lasting and arguably most important private mints in the United States. It ceased operations in 2016 after 113 years in business. In 2018, the American Numismatic Society made the largest purchase in the history of our institution by acquiring the MACO archival remains and intellectual property rights. The ANS was fortunate to obtain 50,000 individual items including medals, dies, galvanos, photographic archives, and more.

The MACO specimen archive is a collection of PDFs that lists nearly all medals produced by the Medallic Art Company between 1907 and 2013.

A Photographic History of MACO

The ANS was fortunate to obtain two photoarchives from the Medallic Art Company: A collection of MACO medal winners and a documentation of the medallic production process inside the MACO facility in 1947-51.

“First attested in English in 1578, the word medal is derived from the Middle French médaille, itself from Italian medaglia, and ultimately from the post-classical Latin medalia, meaning a coin worth half a denarius.” 

The Future of MACO

Because of the sheer size of the MACO collection and archives, a clear and succinct plan is needed to move forward.

Join the ANS and support this project

Become a member of the American Numismatic Society and you will become part of a community that has been devoted to numismatics since 1858. Your contribution will support the ANS as we research, digitize, and educate using not only the MACO collection, but objects dating back to the 7th century BCE.

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