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1929 (awarded 1944) Spirit of Saint Louis / American Society of Mechanical Engineers medal. Vermeil (14K gold-plated silver), 70 mm. By Victor S. Holm. Choice About Uncirculated

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1929 (awarded 1944) Spirit of Saint Louis / American Society of Mechanical Engineers medal. Vermeil (14K gold-plated silver), 70 mm. By Victor S. Holm. Choice About Uncirculated

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Edge marked MEDALLIC ART CO and 1/10 14K G.F. One of the highest awards in the aeronautics field, awarded to aeronautical pioneer George William Lewis (1882-1948), for whom Lewis Field at NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center is named. A glorious achievement among Beaux Arts medals, depicting Icarus in moving fashion on Victor Holm's obverse. Both sides are rich yellow gold, with silver gray visible only on the edge. The Spirit of Saint Louis Medal, given out biennially from 1929 to 1961 and annually thereafter, is one of the highest prizes an aeronautical engineer can hope for. Past recipients include Jimmy Doolittle, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and other red-letter names. Just 54 medals have been awarded. Lewis was the 6th recipient. Every online biography of Mr. Lewis includes this medal among his highest honors (including Wikipedia, his NASA biography, and his National Academy of Sciences memoir by William F. Durand). When Lewis arrived at Langley Field, it really was just a field. This beautiful rarity among modern medals would be a significant addition to any collection of aeronautical medals.

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Edge marked MEDALLIC ART CO and 1/10 14K G.F. One of the highest awards in the aeronautics field, awarded to aeronautical pioneer George William Lewis (1882-1948), for whom Lewis Field at NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center is named. A glorious achievement among Beaux Arts medals, depicting Icarus in moving fashion on Victor Holm's obverse. Both sides are rich yellow gold, with silver gray visible only on the edge. The Spirit of Saint Louis Medal, given out biennially from 1929 to 1961 and annually thereafter, is one of the highest prizes an aeronautical engineer can hope for. Past recipients include Jimmy Doolittle, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and other red-letter names. Just 54 medals have been awarded. Lewis was the 6th recipient. Every online biography of Mr. Lewis includes this medal among his highest honors (including Wikipedia, his NASA biography, and his National Academy of Sciences memoir by William F. Durand). When Lewis arrived at Langley Field, it really was just a field. This beautiful rarity among modern medals would be a significant addition to any collection of aeronautical medals.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 0000102

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