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10 May 2021

1956 Franklin Medal by Laura Gardin Frazer

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I picked up a copy of "The Medals Of Franklin" (Greenslet & Schenkman) which was published by TAMS in 1993. There is a medal by Laura Gardin Frazer which was struck at the U.S. Mint in 1956 in bronze and silver versions. First: It's a beautiful medal. Second: It's by Laura Gardin Frazer! I haven't seen this medal until now, and am unable to locate an example. Would anyone have any information about it? It reads "Medal of the Congress" on the obverse and "Wise and Good Men are the Strength of a Nation" on the reverse. Mrs. Frazer was a national treasure, and anything touched by her is worth looking into.

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

One great artist. Cannot wait for the 2022 quarter design.

Long Beard

Level 5

I read somewhere that next year, beginning with the Women themed quarters, that Laura Gardin Fraser's original bust of Washington will be used. If it does, then my collecting of quarters will continue. Otherwise, not a chance.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Long Beard, you might have something there! I may also begin collecting these if they have the LGF Washington obverse.

Kepi

Level 6

Her work is amazing! She's the best indeed! Thanks for a cool blog ; )

Longstrider

Level 6

I was going to suggest you ask Gary but here he is. Thanks.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I agree with you about Laura Gardin Fraser's wonderful talents. Too bad cancel culture is after her statues.

coinsbygary

Level 5

At least the statue in Baltimore was moved to an undisclosed location rather than destroyed. This would have been a travesty. As to where this statue might reappear is probably being negotiated.

coinsbygary

Level 5

As a collector of all things Laura Gardin Fraser, I have been aware of this medal for quite some time. The best I can determine is that up to 70 of these medals were struck for assay purposes. In all my years of collecting, I have never seen one of these medals available for sale. Should one show up for sale, I am sure that the cost of it will be prohibitive. Still, I keep my ears to the wall hoping that maybe I'll get my crack at one of these medals. You can never tell. I have already found many other scarce national treasures created by Laura Gardin Fraser. The following is the link to my set displaying many other LGF national treasures, most with accompanying write-ups. Two of those treasures have a provenance tracing back to the Fraser Studio! How I acquired those is another story for another day. https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=19449

Thanks for the info.

Golfer

Level 5

Hope you find an example of this medal. Show us if you do find it. Might be a low mintage? Good luck!

Mike

Level 7

She was ahead of her time. One of the best if not the best the mint ever had. I own a few things from her. I never get tired of looking at them

Mokie

Level 6

So happy the Mint is using Ms. Fraser's George Washington quarter obverse design on next year's quarters. She is indeed a national treasure. I hope you are able to source your medal, please blog about it when you do.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Did you hear this for sure? I only heard that LGF's bust of George Washington was one of several being considered.

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