101389 | UNITED STATES. Progress in Aviation bronze Medal.

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    101389  |  UNITED STATES. Progress in Aviation bronze Medal. Issued 1910 by the Chicago Numismatic Society (50mm, 66.70 g, 12h). By C. Schrieber and produced by Whitehead & Hoag in Newark, NJ.

     

    Genius of aviation standing facing, with wings spread and arms outstretched; in background, various early forms of aviation in flight: two monoplanes, biplane, hot air balloon, and zeppelin / PROGRESS / OF / AVIATION in three lines; above, bird flying facing; below, CHICAGO NUMISMATIC SOCIETY / MEDALLIC SERIES / MCMX. Edge: WHITEHEAD–HOAG.

     

    Malpas 186. Gem Mint State. Glossy chocolate brown surfaces, with a darker nature near the extremes of the peripheries. A very rare and attractive type, with a reported mintage of just 200 pieces.

     

    The precursor to the Chicago Coin Club, the Chicago Numismatic Society chose the topic of aviation as the theme for the second of their art medals issued in 1910 (the first celebrating the U.S.S. Nashville). This type had a reported mintage of just 200 specimens, making it a rather difficult early aviation type.

     

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