the company that my grandfather got these coins from was called Roche Jaune Inc. and the designer of the medals is Frank Hagel
this piece of information was taken from ( https://medalblog.wordpress.com/tag/national-parks-medals/ )
- Frank Hagel lives in Kalispell, the Montana town of his birth, and where he has lived for the past forty years.
- He was indeed the sculptor of those early National Parks medals and did forty of them in 1972 and 1973, plus two in later years.
- He (obviously) was not the Frank Hagel listed in the Social Security Death Index as having died in 1985.
- He remembered Bill Louth, the president of Medallic Art Company at the time, as he had made two trips to New York City and visited with Bill at the plant on East 45th Street.
- He did remember a salesman of the firm had visited him in Kalispell, but he did not remember the name until I mentioned Bob Southerland.
- He is a painter more than a sculptor, with nine of his paintings – all of a Western American theme – on his web site, “with ten more to go on.”
- He did design and model some medals struck by another firm, not Medallic Art.
- He spent his entire life in Kalispell, except for his education and his first job as a commercial artist in Detroit from 1959 to 1971.
- He was aware some Monument medals had been added to the National Park Series, and he had done several of these.
to find more information about the sculptor visit the website above.