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Monthly Archives: April 2014

MAKING MEDALS – the annual BAMS workshop

Every year the British Art Medal Society (BAMS) holds a weekend congress or study day.  Normally this means that those of us who just collect, get to explore the various techniques that are needed to produce the objects we covet.  These have included over the years such elements as design, engraving, working in intaglio, casting […]

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For the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare in 1964 and the opening of the new Shakespeare Centre in Stratford upon Avon,  the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust commissioned the medallist Paul Vincze to make a general commemorative medal. The reverse of the medal contains the quotation from the great Shakespearian actor and interpreter David Garrick:  We shall […]

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OLD AGE PENSION – a crown from the Crown

The Old Age Pensions Act of 1908 established for the UK a universal non-contributory pension for those over the age of 70.  You had to be a UK resident for at least 20 years and pass a ‘character’ test.  The pension was means tested with the maximum 5 shillings per week for a single person […]

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SCOTTISH COMMUNION TOKENS – in praise of small things

The little lead token in my hand is neither the most beautiful token I’ve handled nor the most valuable in monetary terms.  It bears the date 1648 and on the other side C P.  We think it is from Crossmichael, Dumfries & Galloway, made for John Semple, Minister at the church there from 1646-1660.   […]

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