Dora de Pedery-Hunt
Dora de Pédery-Hunt, CM OOnt (16 November 1913 – 29 September 2008) was a Hungarian-Canadian sculptor who designed medals and coins. She was the first Canadian citizen to design an effigy for Queen Elizabeth II.
Dora de Pédery was born in Budapest, Hungary 16 November 1913. She trained at the Royal School of Fine and Applied Arts in Budapest, receiving a Masters Diploma in Sculpture in 1943. After German forces occupied Hungary in March 1944, her family decided to flee west, fearing the Soviet advance from the east. They arrived in Hannover not long before its fall to the Allied forces.
Five years later, through the sponsorship of Major Thomas S. Chutter, she immigrated to Canada.
Maybe, after all, these limitations are necessary. I welcome these odds - my medals are the result of a good fight against them - and at the end at least I can look back on a bravely fought battle.— Dora de Pédery-Hunt
In 1963, she was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists. She was a founding member of the Canadian Portrait Academy and the Medallic Art Society of Canada. On numerous occasions, she represented Canada as a Delegate to the International Art Medal Federation FIDEM . She was elected to the Sculptors Society of Canada. She was a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She taught sculpture at the Ontario College of Art.
Her medal design of Sir Donald Alexander Smith was used by Canada Post as a six cent postage stamp. Two of her portraits of Dr. Frances Loring are in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.
Royal Canadian Mint coins
Besides the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, various Royal Canadian Mint gold coins with a face value of one hundred dollars were designed.
|1976||Olympic Commemorative (22k)||Proof||350,000||$150.00|
|1986||International Year of Peace||Proof||76,255||$325.00|
- Norman Bethune Medal for presentation to Mao Zedong by Pierre Trudeau in 1973.
- The J. B. Harkin medal for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
- Canadian Government official medal for Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan
- John Drainie Award medal for the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists
- The Reach for the Top Award for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
- The 1981 Canadian Numismatic Association Convention Medal
- The A. J. Casson Award for the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, in 1991.
- With the collaboration of the Toronto Historical Society, she designed a medal for the city of Toronto's bicentennial in *1993.
- The Ontario Association of Architects' Raymore Medal, given each year to the intern architect attaining the highest marks on the annual professional licensure exams.
- Norman Bethune Medal for presentation to China by Justin Trudeau in 2016.
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- Canadian Coin News, November 11, 2008, p.10, Trajan Publishing
- Del Newbigging, Dora Pédery-Hunt. "IN MEMORIAM 2008" (PDF). International Art Medal Federation Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
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- "Canadian Postal Archives Database". data4.collectionscanada.ca.
- A Charlton Standard Catalogue, Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, 2006, p.372, Edited by W.K. Cross, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
- A Charlton Standard Catalogue, Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, 2006, p.375, Edited by W.K. Cross, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
- The Charlton Standard Catalogue of the Canadian Numismatic Association’s Medals and Awards, p.54, R. Brian Cornwell, The Charlton Press, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-88968-100-7