ANS Unveils New Medal Honoring Eric P. Newman

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November 17, 2011 – The American Numismatic Society announces the limited edition medal honoring ANS Trustee Emeritus, Eric P. Newman. The medal will be minted in both bronze and silver and will be available by subscription only until January 13, 2012.

Eric P. Newman, America’s foremost numismatist, collector, and scholar celebrated his 100th birthday on May 25, 2011. In his honor and in recognition of his numerous achievements, the American Numismatic Society commissioned Philadelphia artist Amy Kann to create a bas relief portrait of Mr. Newman. At his birthday celebration held in NYC, ANS Chairman of the Board, Kenneth L. Edlow, presented Mr. Newman with the framed relief portrait.

The Eric P. Newman Medal. 2.40 x 3.44 in. (60.7 x 87.3 mm) – Bronze, 198.2 g. Also available as Silver (.999 FS), 226.3 g.

The two-sided limited edition medal will utilize the design of the original 7.75 x 9.875 inch bas relief portrait of Mr. Newman on the obverse. The reverse depicts Mr. Newman seated and reading at a desk. The Newman medal will be struck in both bronze and silver after the subscription period on January 13, 2012.

A beloved American numismatist, scholar, collector and philanthropist, Mr. Newman served on the ANS Council (Board of Trustees) from 1966 to 2003 when he was named Honorary Trustee. The Society presented its highest honor to Mr. Newman in 1978, with the Archer M. Huntington Medal in recognition of outstanding numismatic scholarship. Mr. Newman has served the community and the ANS in many ways. In 1981 he fully endowed the ANS’ celebrated Graduate Summer Seminar, which is now named in his honor. An article and complete bibliography of Eric P. Newman’s published works were featured in the 2011 no. 2 issue of the ANS Magazine.

Amy Kann’s sculpture is represented in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum, the British Museum, the Brookgreen Gardens Museum and the National Sculpture Society. She was commissioned by the Brookgreen Gardens Museum to design and sculpt their 2010 bas relief medal. In 2010 Ms. Kann was nominated for the Anonymous Was a Woman Grant. In 2006, she received the National Sculpture Society’s Alex J. Ettl Grant for Sculpture, given to recognize a lifetime distinguished body of work by a non-member and, later in that year, she was elected into the society’s membership. In 1988 she won First Prize, the Portrait Award from the National Sculpture Society. Since then she has earned numerous awards such as Best in Show Awards from the Portrait Society of America Competitions, the Bronze Medal from National Sculpture Society, the First Place Award for Sculpture from the Salmagundi Club, along with many other awards from both the National Sculpture Society, the Audubon Society, the Allied Artists of America and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Society. She is represented by the James Graham and Son’s Gallery of New York City, the Morris Whiteside Gallery of Hilton Head, SC and the Wendt Gallery of Laguna Beach, CA.

The Eric P. Newman 100th Birthday bas relief’s design and fabrication were generously sponsored by ANS Fellows Jonathan H. Kagan, Donald Scarinci, Lawrence R. Stack, and Anthony J. Terranova.
The Medalcraft Mint Inc., Green Bay WI, has been selected to die-strike the collection.

You can find more information on the medal or purchase it directly here.