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Entries Invited for the American Medal of the Year (AMY) Award

Entries for the annual American Medal of the Year (AMY) Award are invited by 1st March 2019 for medals created by any American medalist or any AMSA medalist in 2018. There is a limit of 3 entries per medalist per year, and once someone wins, they will not be eligible for the next 2 years.

Entries should include name, address, email and phone number of medalist; title, metallic content and diameter of each medal, and 300dpi color pictures of both sides, or one side if uniface, of up to three medals. Entries should be submitted by 1st March 2019to AMY coordinator Mel Wacks (e-mail:

The AMY winner receives a handsome engraved medal. In addition, AMY winners have received considerable favorable publicity in the numismatic press - which has resulted in medal sales. And all entries will be pictured in the AMSA Newsletter.

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Medals in the collection of the Museum – 19th century

Movie made by the Portuguese Mint Museum over the medals of the 19th century in their collection.

Movie Medals of the 19th century
Portuguese Mint Museum




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American Medal of the Year Award 2016 - USA

Mel Wacks, Jury Chair of the the American Medallic Sculpture Association’s American Medal of the Year (AMY) Award, has indicated that “The jurors had a tough time choosing among many wonderful medals.” The winner is Remembrance by Susan Taylor of Ottawa, honoring the heroic efforts of the artist’s grandfather, George Edie and his fellow comrades who fought in the 2nd Battle of Ypres during the “Great War for Civilization." Susan describes the medal: “The portrait of the young soldier framed by the barbed wire represents youth sacrificed through the loss of life, imprisonment and emotional trauma. On the reverse the poppies emerging from the barbed wire symbolize the loss of life through the spent flowers, the flowers in bloom: the survivors and the young buds: the future, lest we forget.” The large 90mm bronze Remembrance medal will be limited to 45 pieces.

soldier soldier

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conceptual medal by mirjam mieras(the netherlands)
"Black Hole / 2016 is a medal which glows in the dark. The obverse shows a black hole absorbing stardust, stars and planets. The reverse is a close-up of the black hole with planets falling into the darkness. My Black Holes are made made from Fimo, great stuff from Staedtler."

mieras mieras



conceptual medal by linda Verkaaik (the netherlands)


"The medal’s natural habit is to be touched, to hold in your hand…so you can see close by,
all what is inside… its message. I can only control what’s in the palm of my own hand. "



conceptual medal by james malonebeach (USA)



"This is a conceptual medal which is an installation that I made about my amazing time in Finland. While at the symposium I had the rest of the participants make a impression of there thumb print in wax. I then cast these impressions in bronze. I also photographed the artists eye's. The finished works are displayed with images of the artists eyes and below are thirteen small soap stone containers, each holding one of the artists thumb print, with there name imprinted into the side of the medal. The table is illuminated from below which shows a gradual variation in light from left to right, symbolizing the gradual change in memory and the lack of interaction with the participants."



Two czech medal projects

Medallist Otakar Dušek is presenting two of his medal projects in movies. One is about the presentation of a commemorative medal for the anniversary of the Czech Republic and the second one for the medal over

Jan Palach (1948-1969)

a Czech student of history and political economy who committed self-immolation as a political protest against the end of the Prague Spring resulting from the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies.


The medal is based on the death mask of Jan Palach which was borrowed from its creator, Olbram Zoubek, for the sole purpose of aiding the creation of this medal. Otakar2The main motive on the obverse side of the medal depicts the burned lips of Jan Palach which can never be silenced and which symbolically speak to future generations. The lips on the medal were transferred in a ratio of 1: 1 to the smallest detail. The reverse side of the medal carries a statement by the dying Palach: "A man must fight against the evil that he is able to fight” by which he justified his act. The medal is stored in a medal box reminiscent of a surgical instruments case. The text on the upper lid says: JAN PALACH, 16-01 – 1969. The creative film Opus 13 – Palach was a part of the creation process.

Opus 12 - Czech Republic Commemorative Medal
Opus 13 - Jan Palach Medal

testing the boundaries of the medal-art world
and discovering new ways to approach medal-art

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PushkinDatabaseThe Coins&Medals Department of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts has developed an internet portal of their collection. At the moment it is the only resource of this kind existing in the Russian Federation. One of the main aims of this resource is to provide access to the electronic database of the museum numismatic collections for the public and specialists.

To access the database go to Coins&Medals Department