Here's a Royal Canadian Mint medal of Prince Charles and Princess Diana from 1983; it was issued to mark the Royal Couple's visit to Canada. It is struck on a 36 mm silver planchet (50% silver, 50% copper) - the same planchet that was being used for Canada's silver dollars at the time.
Many collectors find the depiction of the couple unattractive, but it is actually fairly close to the original source/reference image.
Collecting history one coin or medal at a time! (c) commems. All rights reserved.
Commissioned by the Societe Commemorative de Femmes Celebres. (SCFC) One of the least encountered in the set of 50 medals struck to honor famous women. I believe that 3,220 of these were minted in sterling silver.
I have a small collection of different Amelia Earhart medals, I believe three are bronze, one in white metal and three are silver. This tune has "First Lady of the Air" in the lyrics. Just like the medal is titled.
On June 1 1937 Earhart set out to fly around the world, with Fred Noonan as navigator, in Lockheed Electra. Starting from Oakland, California to Miami Florida and then down to South America, crossing the Atlantic to Africa, then east to India and Southeast Asia. Over the following weeks they made various refueling stops before reaching Lae, New Guinea, on June 29. Earhart and Noonan had traveled some 22,000 miles. They had just 7,000 more miles to go before reaching Oakland California.
They departed New Guinea on July 2, headed for Howland Island, approximately 2,600 miles away. The flight was expected to be arduous, especially since the small island was difficult to locate. To help with navigation, two brightly lit U.S. ships were stationed to mark the route. Earhart was also in intermittent radio contact with the Itasca, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter near Howland. Nearing Howland, Earhart radioed that the plane was low on fuel. About an hour later she announced, "We are running north and south." That was the last transmission received by the Itasca. The plane was believed to have gone down about 100 miles from the island, and an extensive and expensive search was undertaken to find Earhart and Noonan. On July 19, 1937, the search was called off. Some believe that she and Noonan crashed after failing to locate Howland, on or just offshore near a different island, perhaps Gardner Island. Others suspect they were captured by the Japanese. Some said she was a spy. Most experts believe that Earhart's plane simply crashed in the Pacific near Howland after running out of fuel. I personally believe they had radio trouble and could not find Howland Island, ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean and sank into the deep along with the plane.
That "Disappeared on solo round-world flight 1937" text on the reverse of this medal may not be correct since she did have another occupant, navigator Fred Noonan. From what I understand, flying "solo" is done without anyone else on board. I could be wrong. I would like to know.
My 1952 Amelia Earhart Topps Look n' See card from my respectable complete 135 card set.
Hope all of you are well. I have not posted anything in awhile, but this piece definitely fits here. I saw this at the LCS. Paid about spot. It's Longines/Wittnauer. Sterling. I believe 1968, but says 1972 on it. Released as part of a thirty six piece set in cooperation with the National Flag Foundation.
I am sure others have posted from this series, but it is my first. Any other info welcome!
TNG Your post got me re-reading info on Earhart. I honestly have never looked into her too deep other than cursory stuff. It seems there is a lot of implied blame towards her for different reasons regarding her disappearance. I'm talking abut aviaton reasons. Are you familiar with this?
thisistheshow, I wouldn't mess with the Argentina medal, it looks the 110 years old as it should.
As for Amelia, she may have put some pressure on herself to push on unnecessarily. It was the longest and most dangerous leg of her round-the-world trip and she took off at midnight. There were many stops along the way. A little layover and nap would have been smart.
It doesn't make sense to fly in the dark looking for a very small island to land on in the middle of nowhere. It seems the main problem was radio communication and they left auxiliary radio equipment behind in New Guinea to lighten the plane. Bad move.
She was like race car drivers, mountain climbers, gunfighters of the old west and bank robbers like Bonnie and Clyde. It was the "last time" that did them in.