100475 | GERMANY. Canary Breeders' Association silver Medal.
100475 | GERMANY. Silver Prize Medal. Struck circa 1925. For Meritorious Achievements [unengraved] (45mm, 40.24 g, 12h). By O. Oertel in Berlin.
FÜR VERDIENSTVOLLE LEISTUNGEN, pair of canaries atop nest on branch, the one to the right with head lowered, feeding four small chicks within nest / Oak wreath, with central field blank for engraving. Edge: SILBER 990.
Mint State. Highly lustrous and attractively toned, with some light rub and contact marks near the central reverse field; a few minor rim nicks and edge knocks.
The practice of breeding and keeping birds––known as aviculture––has been a long-standing hobby of bird enthusiasts, with the Avicultural Society of America being founded in 1927. In Europe, however, the organized practice dates back even further, with numerous local and regional clubs––especially in Germany––dedicated to the pursuit in the 19th century. Similar to kennel clubs, these groups would organize competitions in which a participant’s flock could be judged against their peers, with the top finishers receiving prize medals for their bird(s). These medals were sometimes struck in different metals in order to distinguish placement, while other times the ranking may be indicated in the text. To add a further degree of personalization, some were engraved in order to convey the specific chapter which hosted the competition and/or the recipient of the prize. These medals also presented their designer with an excellent chance to showcase their avian artistry, as few aspects of numismatics display birds as the prime subject and in such detail.