On Friday May 8, 2015 Matthew Wittmann of the American Numismatic Society published a nice Pocket Change blog entry on Mother’s
Day numismatics. Here's an excerpt and some great medal images. Be sure to read the complete version online. Happy Mother's Day,
With Mother’s Day approaching this weekend, I thought it might be a good time for
a post about the many mothers who appear in the collection of the American Numismatic Society. The most common way mothers figure in our
collections is via medallic art, where prominent artists ranging from Oscar Roty (1846-1911) to Victor David Brenner (1871-1924) engraved
medals depicting maternal ideals. Roty’s particularly elegant medal was executed as a memorial of the baptism of his son in 1893.
Brenner’s medal follows Roty rather closely and indeed much of the medallic art concerning motherhood in the Beaux-Arts era traded in
these kind of sentimental images.
One exceptional item to note in this context is a wonderful medallion by Adam Pietz
(1873-1961) that depicts his own mother in a realistic rather than an idealized fashion.
Mother’s Day took on a special significance in the context of World War I when so many mothers had
sons fighting and dying overseas. See the Art of Devastation project for the many ways that mothers featured in the often grim medallic art
and propaganda that accompanied the war.
To read the complete article, see:
MOTHER’S DAY NUMISMATICS
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