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Stack's Feb. 26-27 Sale Offers Goodies
February 21, 2008

Often called the currency of fame, the portrait medal is a special item. Not many of us have one to present to friends. Today is primary day in Wisconsin. Politics have been on my mind of late, I've even received (electronic) phone calls from most of the remaining candidates, their husbands or past governors for support.

However, when all is said and done, and the November election is over, this fall a bi-partisan inaugural committee will select a sculptor to honor the inauguration of the next president.

For Franklin Roosevelt's first term, Paul Manship was selected. For another Manship work, might I recommend the Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center in NYC, just past the ice skating rink, and under their Christmas tree.

The medal is a beautiful high relief portrait. The series of inaugural medals by this committee are only about 110 years old. It is a very nice set.

Stack's Rare Coins, in NYC is offering this medal, as well a many others from 1897 thru 1960. Check out the firms website at

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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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