The Coins and Medals of Laura Gardin Fraser
1912 Cast Medal/Sherlock Studios





Coin Details

Item Description: 131mm 1912-DATED BRONZE JOHN CARDINAL FARLEY E: 1 - L. GARDIN FECIT Fraser Studio Archives
Full Grade: NGC MS 62
Owner: coinsbygary

Set Details

Custom Sets: The Coins and Medals of Laura Gardin Fraser
Competitive Sets: This coin is not competing in any sets.
Research: NGC Coin Explorer

Owner Comments:

This 1912 dated medallion is cast in bronze to commemorate the ascendency of John Cardinal Farley to the cardinalate of New York in 1911. As a full-sized 131mm cast medal, it appears to have more of a sculpted look than that of a struck medal.

Designed by Laura Gardin during her tenure at the Art Students League, this medal earned her a membership in the prestigious National Sculpture Society. Laura also won a number of awards while studying at the Art Students League including the highly coveted Saint-Gaudens Figure Prize.

I am thrilled to own this medal once owned by James and Laura Gardin Fraser with a provenence that traces it back to the Fraser studio. The number "1" is also punched on the edge of this medal. Though I can't prove it, this may have been the first John Cardinal Farley medal cast.

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