Links To American Medal Data
Websites Annotated and Described
MUSEUMS, PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
American Numismatic Society (ANS)
New York, NY
Overview: Scholarly organization covering
all numismatic items with interest in medals among
strong interest in ancient and U.S. coins.
Medal Issuing: Active issuance of art medals since 1865
for prominent national events.
Collections: Large collection of American medals,
all listed in this databank with accession numbers.
Library: World’s largest numismatic library in one
Medal Symposiums: Three since 1989 held once every
decade, most recent with theme of Betts medals.
Publications: Medals mentioned in annual report;
infrequent others; most recent a book on Society
Curator of Medals: Vacant
American Numismatic Association (ANA)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Overview: Organization of collectors of all numismatic
items -- coins, medals, tokens, paper money and
similar objects; with semi-annual conventions.
Medal Issuing: Medals issued for conventions, other
Collections: Strong on American items obtained by
donations, not all medals in their collections
Library: Large lending library for members.
Publications: The Numismatist, monthly.
Curator of Medals: Douglas Mudd
Smithsonian Institution Department of
Overview: The nation’s numismatic collection, with
extensive medals in collection; formed by donations
for more than 150 years, includes most rarest American
Publicaions: Several by former chief curators Elvira
Clain-Stefanelli and Richard Doty (all listed in
Chief Curator: Vacant
Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA)
New York, NY
Overview: Foremost art museum includes medals
from selected artists.
Collection: Over 400 medals including works by
Victor D. Brenner, Emil Fuchs, Moritz Furst,
Janet Scudder and others; few on view in
galleries; all cited in this databank.
New-York Historical Society (NYHS)
New York, NY
Overview: This 200-year old museum includes medals in
its collections, among other artifacts.
Collection: extensive medal holdings with 2,605 medals
listed and described on their web site.
Yale Art Museum
New Haven, Connecticut
Overview: Numismatic department at Yale Art
Museum, named in honor of Yale alumnus Bela
Lyon Pratt, artist of coins and medals;
Collection: Largest collection of coins and medals by any
Americana university, formed by donations for
more than 200 years; employed in teaching.
Library: Extensive in both Yale University Library and
Pratt Study room in Yale Art Museum
Curator: William Metcalf
Princeton University Numismatic
Princeton, New Jersey
Overview: The numismatic collections of more than
60,000 specimens are housed in the library as part
of rare books and special collections, most items
have been cataloged by students, placed on the web
site, and the collection is used for teaching. Collections: Among more than 2,000 world medals are
two specialized collections,, donated by Arthur
Newman and Cornelius Vermeule. (both collections
cited in this databank).
Curator: Alan M. Stahl
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Overview: Among a sculpture garden setting are the
large sculptural works of coin and medal sculptors;
large grounds include an aviary and animal zoo.
Collection: Small medal collection including the Society
of Medalists, housed in the Offner Sculpture
Learning and Research Center, which contains the
studio collection of medal sculptor Richard
Medal Issuing: Issues annual member’s art medal since
1972, all by prominent American sculptors with
themes related to South Carolina and Brookgreen
Garens and cited in this databank. Brief review on
this series: coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n18a15.html
Curator: Robin Salmon
Cornell University Johnson Art Gallery
Syracuse, New York
Overview: Contains American medal collection donated
by John E. Marqusee.
Publication: Exhibition (1985); One Hundred Years of
American Medallic Art, 1845-1945;
the John E. Marqusee Collection.(1996) C14.
Token and Medal Society (TAMS)
Overview: Somewhat more interest on tokens than
medals; meetings at annual ANA summer
Medal Issuing: President’s medal, members’ medal.
Library: Lending library on token & medals for
Publications: TAMS Journal, bimonthly, publishes
books on specialized medal and token topics.
Curator of Medals: None.
Medal Collectors of America (MCA)
Overview: For collectors of art medals. Useful data on
the organization’s website.
Medal Issuing: Medal awarded for medal cataloging.
Publications: MCA Advisory, bimonthly newsletter
Editor: John Adams
American Medallic Sculpture Society (AMSA)
Overview: Organization of medal sculptors and those
who wish to be; includes members in related fields,
medal manufacturers, collectors, authors, curators.
Medal Issuing: Members’ medal.
Publications: AMSA Members Exchange, quarterly.
Newsletter Editor: Andrew Perala
Fédération Internationale de la Médaille (FIDEM)
Overview: International organization of sculptors and
manufacturers of art medals, hold congress every
other year with exhibition of art medals.
Medal Issuing: Grand Priz medal for each biannual
congress, FIDEM at 70 Prize Medal
President: Philip Attwood
American Bibliomanic Society (ABS)
Overview: Organization of numismatic book collectors,
but also includes writers in the field; quarterly
Publications: E-Sylum – a free weekly internet
newsletter often containing data on medals, seeks
information on medals from readers who are
among the most knowledgeable in the field; often
containing the writings of the author, Dick
Johnson. Excellent archives citing articles back to 4
COLLECTOR & TOPICAL WEBSITES
Benjamin Weiss Collection
Web address: historicalartmedals.com
Overview: A collector’s website with illustrations of a
worldwide medal collection, much useful
information as art medal websites, bibliography,
medal dealers, auctioneers, appraisers, and three
articles by the author.
Webmaster: Ben Weiss, email@example.com
So-Called Dollar Website
Web address: so-calleddollar.com
Overview: Most useful web site for dollar size medals,
offering medals for sale, and vast details about this
popular specialty; don’t overlook “Articles” which
illustrates, describes and list varieties of selected
HK medals (identified by their Hibler-Kappen
Webmaster: Jeff Shevlin
Columbian Exposition Medals Website
Web address; 1893columbianexpo.com
Overview: Illustrates and describes medals issued for the
Chicago World’s Fair, many which feature
Columbus' discovery of America, all with Eglit
numbers, and 110 items unlisted in Eglit; plus
tickets and other collectible items.
Webmaster: Tom Hoffman
PRIVATE MINT MEDAL ISSUES
Web address: NumisMaster.com
Overview: While NumisMaster includes coins and paper
money of all periods worldwide, its medal interest
is covered as “unusual coins.”
Publication: Unusual World Coins, a catalog of constant
revision published every third year.
Book review: coinbooks/esylum_v14n47a05
Webmaster: George Cuhaj
Medallic Art Company
Web address: Medallic.com
Overview: Includes a section in its web site devoted to
articles on all aspects of medals, on medal making
and of much interest to medal collecctors. Over
150 articles written by corporation historian
D. Wayne Johnson, at medalblog.wordpress.com