Medallic Art Company

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Medallic Art Company
TypePrivate
Industryfabricator Edit this on Wikidata
GenreAcademic and Corporate Awards
Founded1903
HeadquartersDayton, Nevada
Area served
United States and Canada
ParentMedalcraft Mint, Inc.
Websitenumismatics.org/maco/
Cooper Medal reverse

Medallic Art Company, Ltd. based in Dayton, Nevada was at one time "America’s oldest and largest private mint" and specialized in making academic awards, maces, medallions, along with chains of office and universities medals for schools.[1][2] After going bankrupt in 2018, the American Numismatic Society purchased their significant archive of art medals, dies, die shells, plaster casts, galvanos, photographic archives, and other important cultural material. The Society, as . has launched an initiative, the MACO Project, to identify and publish this material to make it available to researchers.

History[edit]

Henri Weil, "a highly respected French sculptor living in New York City," founded the Medallic Art Company in 1903.[3] Henri, along with his brother Felix, worked at Deitsch Brothers, a company that made die-struck ornaments for woman's handbags.[4] When the styles of handbags changed, the Weil brothers repurposed the presses to make medals and purchased Medallic Art Company from Deitsch.[4] One of its first commissions was the Hudson-Fulton Medal of the Circle of Friends of the Medallion in 1909.[4][5]

The Medallic Art Company was originally located in Manhattan, New York and moved to Danbury, Connecticut in 1972, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1991 then to Dayton, Nevada in 1997 where it operated a 115,000-square-foot (10,700 m2) facility.[3]

In August 1971, Joseph B. Hartzog, Jr., director of the National Park Service, awarded a contract to the Kalispell, Montana, firm of Roche Jaune Inc. to produce a series of 37 medals, called the “National Parks Centennial Series”, that depict a scene in each of America's national parks. The medals, designed by Frank Hagel, were struck by the Medallic Art Company which was still operating in New York City at the time.[6]

In July 2009, Medallic Art Company was purchased by Northwest Territorial Mint.[7] The Northwest Territorial Mint declared bankruptcy in April 2016;[8] in 2018, after protracted bankruptcy proceedings, Medallic Art’s “tradename, website, customer lists, archives, tools, specific machinery, certain company owned Medallic dies and other property” were purchased by Medalcraft Mint, Inc. (Western District of Washington (Seattle) Bankruptcy Petition #: 16-11767-CMA). Medallic Art’s archives and about 20,000 pre-1998 dies were acquired from the Northwest Territorial Mint 2018 bankruptcy by the American Numismatic Society, a New York City-based institution dedicated to researching, curating, and educating about coins and medallic arts.[9] The Medallic Art Company made custom 2D and 3D medals[10] and "has produced some of the world’s most distinguished awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Peabody Award, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, and the Inaugural medals for eleven U.S. Presidents."[11][4] The Medallic Art Company also struck medals for two important medallic art series in the United States: the Circle of Friends of the Medallion[12] and The Society of Medalists.[13]


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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Medallic Art Company Announces New Web Site". Coin Week.
  2. ^ Medallic Art Company Ltd. Medallic Art Company, Ltd. Homepage, Medallic Art Company Ltd. website, 2006. Retrieved on September 9, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Medallic Art Company Ltd. "The History of Medallic Art Company" Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, Medallic Art Company Ltd. website, 2004. Retrieved on September 9, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d Alexander, David T. "The Society of Medalists: America's Premier Art Medal Series", The MCA Advisory, volume 8, number 4, April 2005, page 8.
  5. ^ "The Circle of Friends of the Medallion 1st Issue", New-York Historical Society Museum & Library website. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  6. ^ "An Invitation to the Residents of Northwest Montana from Roche Jaune Inc. of Kalispell". The Daily Inter Lake. Kalispell, MT. April 9, 1972. p. 22.
  7. ^ "Mint celebrates more than state's 150th anniversary". LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL.
  8. ^ "Former Northwest Territorial Mint President Ross Hansen Indicted for Fraud". CoinWeek. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Acquisition – Medallic Art Company Archives". American Numismatic Society. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  10. ^ Medallic Art Company Ltd. "Custom Medals of Distinction", Medallic Art Company Ltd. website. Retrieved on September 9, 2007.
  11. ^ Medallic Art Company Ltd. "Medallic Art Prestigious Awards" Archived 2008-02-15 at the Wayback Machine, Medallic Art Company Ltd. website, 2004. Retrieved on September 9, 2007.
  12. ^ Johnson, D. Wayne. "Circle of Friends of the Medallion", Medal Collectors of America website, 2004. Retrieved on September 9, 2007.
  13. ^ Reed, Fred. "Enduring Society of Medalists First Issue Continues to Attract Collectors", Professional Coin Grading Service website, September 9, 1999. Retrieved on September 9, 2007.

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