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1918 Williams College World War I Veterans medal by James Earle Fraser. Bronze, 73 mm. Choice About Uncirculated

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1918 Williams College World War I Veterans medal by James Earle Fraser. Bronze, 73 mm. Choice About Uncirculated

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1918 Williams College World War I Veterans medal by James Earle Fraser. Bronze, 73 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. A classic piece of American medallic art, designed and engraved by the designer of the beloved Buffalo nickel on behalf of Williams College in Massachusetts. As described in The Numismatist in November 1919, "The obverse of the medal shows a line of steel-helmeted doughboys, rifles in hand, with bayonets fixed, about to go over the top. It is a spirited handling of the subject, the play of bayonets being especially animated. The legend, 'For Humanity, 1918,' appears on this side of the medal. On the reverse is an imaginary portrait of Col. Ephraim Williams, the founder of the college, on horseback, in the uniform of a Continental officer. The Latin words, transcribed from the seal of the college, 'E Liberalitate E Williams Armigeri 1793,' are on the upper circumference, and 'The Williams Medal' on the lower circumference." The description above is a bit off: the reverse actually depicts Williams at Lake George in 1755, so he is in the uniform of a French and Indian War officer, not a Continental officer. A total of 1726 pieces were distributed to Williams College men who served in World War I, and most saw non-numismatic handling. This one is choice, with no marks or thinned patina, just the most minor rub on some high points. This one is named on the edge to Harold S. Conklin, a private. Mr. Conklin graduated from Williams in 1917 and spent most of his life in New York City. He worked in the family business, the T.E. Conklin Copper and Brass Company. Perhaps his familiarity with this composition explains how he kept it so choice when so many other recipients did not.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 8007

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1918 Williams College World War I Veterans medal by James Earle Fraser. Bronze, 73 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. A classic piece of American medallic art, designed and engraved by the designer of the beloved Buffalo nickel on behalf of Williams College in Massachusetts. As described in The Numismatist in November 1919, "The obverse of the medal shows a line of steel-helmeted doughboys, rifles in hand, with bayonets fixed, about to go over the top. It is a spirited handling of the subject, the play of bayonets being especially animated. The legend, 'For Humanity, 1918,' appears on this side of the medal. On the reverse is an imaginary portrait of Col. Ephraim Williams, the founder of the college, on horseback, in the uniform of a Continental officer. The Latin words, transcribed from the seal of the college, 'E Liberalitate E Williams Armigeri 1793,' are on the upper circumference, and 'The Williams Medal' on the lower circumference." The description above is a bit off: the reverse actually depicts Williams at Lake George in 1755, so he is in the uniform of a French and Indian War officer, not a Continental officer. A total of 1726 pieces were distributed to Williams College men who served in World War I, and most saw non-numismatic handling. This one is choice, with no marks or thinned patina, just the most minor rub on some high points. This one is named on the edge to Harold S. Conklin, a private. Mr. Conklin graduated from Williams in 1917 and spent most of his life in New York City. He worked in the family business, the T.E. Conklin Copper and Brass Company. Perhaps his familiarity with this composition explains how he kept it so choice when so many other recipients did not.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 8007

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