Small Copper Medalet from World's Columbian Exposition--Columbus Landing Scene
We are selling literally hundreds of very inexpensive medals from the John Kennel Collection. We have also sold some of rarest and most incredibly beautiful medals of John's over the last year and a half. I believe that evaluating the 1,000 medals in this collection, top-to-bottom it is as fine as any. When I think of the dozens of rarities I've had the opportunity to research and study before selling I'm still in awe; but he also amassed hundreds of medals ideal for both the novice and veteran collector. Acquiring a range of medals by type, condition and price is part of collecting, which means a very inexpensive, high-quality and not rare medal shouldn't be overlooked. This nickel-sized (21mm) copper medal is bright red and uncirculated. The ubiquitous landing scene was EVERYWHERE at the fair in 1893, not just on dozens upon dozens of medals. These depictions are very interesting, enough so that I will have an illustrated essay on them in my Columbian Rarities book next year. In many such scenes Columbus, surrounded by his men, making landfall for the first time, is something that seems historically unlikely. Based on the size of the men on this medal, that cross they're beneath must be about 15 feet tall. I just can't imagine that upon landing the first thing even very devout Christian seamen would do is cut down a tree, strip it and make a cross to tower above the beach. They surely didn't carry it with them while rowing ashore. So much of history is speculative. In Columbus' writings he may well have said that upon landing "we erected a cross on the beach." It probably was a simple, temporary part of his claiming the land for Spain. All that aside, this is a very nice, BU small copper medal. The reverse shows an uneven strike where the first letters of the word "October" are almost completely missing. This piece is listed in Eglit (E45). Here's a nice, quality small medal at a terrific sale price.