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The E-Sylum: Volume 27, Number 7, February 18, 2024, Article 18


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  Christopher Columbus Columbian Expo Souvenir medal

102747 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Christopher Columbus/Columbian Expo Souvenir bronze Medal. Issued 1893 for the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America (50mm, 42.14 g, 12h). By Mayer & Wilhelm in Stuttgart. CHRISTOPHER COLOMBUS / BORN 1456 DIED 1506, half-length bust of Columbus facing slightly left, holding charts; all within wreath / SOUVENIR WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION, CHICAGO, U.S.A. 1892-1893, two female allegories (Italia and America) to right, one seated and one standing, pointing at a distance to left over the expo ground; Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria on horizon to left with rising sun; above, crowned coat-of-arms of Italy with griffins as supporters; in two lines in exergue, 1492–1892 / IV. CENTENNIAL. Edge: Plain. Eglit 55; Rulau B6A; cf. Bernd Kaiser V, 128 (white metal). Gem Mint State. Rich brown surfaces, with great brilliance in the fields. $275.

During the lead-up to the quadricentennial of Columbus's initial contact with the New World, numerous medals were designed and struck, both in the United States—in conjunction with the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago—and abroad, sometimes for this event or for similar others.

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102747 | UNITED STATES & GERMANY. Columbian Expo Souvenir Bronze Medal. (

  Roosevelt - Alves medal

102712 | UNITED STATES & BRAZIL. Theodore Roosevelt & Rodrigues Alves bronze Medal. Issued 1906. Commemorating the 3rd International American Conference (45mm, 41.54 g, 12h). By E. E. Lindauer for Agry in Paris. PRES THEOD ROOSEVELT / U S AMERICA / 1906 PRES RODRIGUES ALVES / E U BRAZIL, jugate busts of Roosevelt and Alves each facing slightly left // TERCEIRA / CONFERENCIA / INTERNACIONAL / AMERICANA / RIO DE JANEIRO / BRAZIL / 1906 in seven lines. Edge: Plain. Fuld RO.1906.2 var. (silver). Choice Mint State. Olive-brown matte surfaces. Includes original roundelle of issue. A scarce Latin American-related issue bearing the portrait of Teddy Roosevelt. $195.

Building upon the progress with Mexico, which came from the 2nd International American Conference, the 3rd took place in Rio de Janeiro and served to further strengthen ties between the United States and her southern neighbors in the hemisphere. On this French-produced medal, Roosevelt is presented similarly to how he was depicted on a 1902 silver medal featuring him along with Prince Heinrich of Prussia.

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102712 | UNITED STATES & BRAZIL. Roosevelt & Alves bronze Medal. (

  Carolus Linnæus (Carl von Linné) medal

102665 | SWEDEN. Carolus Linnæus (Carl von Linné) bronze award Medal. Issued 1907 as a prize medal for the Swedish Academy [unawarded] (66mm, 134.72 g, 12h). By E. Lindberg. CAROLUS • LINNÆUS • NAT • MDCCVII • OB • MDCCLXXVIII around medallion containing bust right; floral branches below and around, with radiant royal Swedish arms to left and doves to right; in four lines in exergue, MEMORIAM • BISÆCULAREM / PIE • CELEBRANS / R • ACAD • SCIENT • SUEC • / MCMVII // E • TENEBRIS • TANTIS • TAM • CLARUM • EXTOLLERE • LUMEN • QUI • PRIMUS • POTUIT, serene wooded scene with Linnæus seated right, in act of contemplation; rising sun in background; below. small plaque left blank for engraving. Edge: Plain. Ehrensvärd 67. Choice Mint State. Olive-brown surfaces. $195.

The father of modern taxonomy, Carl von Linné was a Swedish biologist and physician who formalised binomial nomenclature—essentially the modern system of naming organisms. The Swedish Academy thus commissioned this medal from the hand of Erik Lindberg to be used as a prize medal for the academy.

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102665 | SWEDEN. Carolus Linnæus (Carl von Linné) bronze award Medal. (

  Jakob Adlerbeth medal

102667 | SWEDEN. Jakob Adlerbeth silver Medal. Issued 1927. Commemorating the life of the archaeologist (45mm, 47.13 g, 12h). By E. Lindberg. JAC • ADLERBETH • NAT • MDCCLXXXV • OB • MDCCCXLIV, bust right // Charioteer, holding thunderstruck hammer, driving biga of rams left; in foreground, runestone upon which rests a lyre; in two lines in exergue, FIDE • NEPOTUM / GOTHIA • REDUX. Edge: SILVER 1927. Mintage: 150. Ehrensvärd 279. Choice Mint State. Deep gray surfaces, with a charming matte nature. $195.

Son of the famous writer and politician, Gudmund Jöran Adlerbeth, Jakob Adlerbeth became a prominent archaeologist and founder of the Götiska förbundet (Gothic covenant), a literary society promoting Nordic romanticism.

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102667 | SWEDEN. Jakob Adlerbeth silver Medal. (

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