My third different Annie Oakley Casino Token. From what I understand, there were shiny versions of this as well, without the frosting, and versions of the 2000 and 2001 I have listed earlier with this 1997 undated reverse in error. I'd like to run across those but I just had to add this one to my Annie Oakley medal collection. This one makes for 6 medals I have acquired.
Rather than give a bio on Annie Oakley, I thought I would point out some actresses who played the part either on stage, television or films. I discovered there were probably well over twice this many, but if you are old as me, these names should be rather familiar. I must have a thing for women and guns?
1935 Barbara Stanwyck played Oakley in a fictionalized film called Annie Oakley.
1946 Irving Berlin Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun is loosely based on her life. The original stage production starred Ethel Merman, who also starred in the 1966 revival. (I would rather listen to a dentist drilling rather than listen to Ethel Merman.)
1950 film of the musical Annie Get Your Gun initially was to star Judy Garland but she was fired. The musical had great success starring Betty Hutton as Annie. ( My favorite )
In 1963, Heidi Brühl and Robert Trehy performed a German version on stage version of this musical at the Theater des Westens in Berlin.
1948 national tour, Broadway legend Mary Martin returned to the role for a 1957 NBC television special.
I think Danny Kaye could have easily got the job. They look like the same person to me and both always creeped me out.
1954 to 1956, Gail Davis played Oakley in the Annie Oakley television series.
1985, Jamie Lee Curtis portrayed Oakley in Tall Tales & Legends.
Reba McEntire portrayed Oakley on stage in Buffalo Girls alongside Anjelica Huston, Melanie Griffith and Tom Wopat.
Elizabeth Berridge played Oakley in the Touchstone Pictures film Hidalgo. Shown here while off camera.
The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco-style skyscraper located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan.
The building was formally opened on May 27, 1930. It is my favorite skyscraper in the world. At 1,046 feet, the structure was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.
The Transportation Building at the Worlds Fair in 1939 for Chrysler was at the left end of this postcard. It is likely these Chrysler medals were available there. This is the better and harder to find of the two in my post here. I have a complete set of these linen postcards in mint condition.
Wondering why you get a CAM shaft thrown at you or other parts in this self assembling auto flick? Here's a rather corny movie that fascinated people at the fair in 3D at the Worlds Fair and introduced Air Conditioning in the theater. People held 3D glasses up to their eyes in the shape of a 1939 Chrysler in amazement.
The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Construction completed in 1931 and opened on May 1st, thirteen and a half months after the first steel beam was erected.
The building has a roof height of 1,250 feet and stands a total of 1,454 feet tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from "Empire State", the nickname of New York.
The site of the Empire State Building, located on the west side of Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets, was originally part of an early 18th century farm. In the late 1820s, it came into the possession of the prominent Astor family, with John Jacob Astor's descendants building the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on the site in the 1890s. The original design of the Empire State Building was for a 50-story office building. However, after fifteen revisions, the final design was for a 86-story 1,250-foot building, with an airship mast on top. This ensured it would be the world's tallest building, beating the Chrysler Building and 40 Wall Street, two other Manhattan skyscrapers under construction at the time that were also vying for that distinction.
@EarlyMilledCoins: amazing medal @TNG thanks for sharing well written stories about the history of the US
today I want to show you a rare 1599 jeton from the Spanish Netherlands I bought this piece recently in a really interesting lot of old copper coins together with a mysterious copper piece, I need your help for identification http://goccf.com/t/319826&whichpage=2#2756221) the lot came from a auction of an old coin collection which is interesting in itself
The small copper piece below (diameter about 3cm, weight about 5 grams) was minted in Antwerp to celebrate the marriage of Isabella of Spain and Albert VII, Archduke of Austria.
Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia (1566-1633) was the only daughter of Philip II who died in 1598, it is of interest that she and not Philip III became regent over the Netherlands Albert VII (1559-1621) was the brother of Mathias (former regent of the Netherlands) and Ferdinand II
This marriage turned out very important for the region which had been ravaged by decades of war (the uprising of the Netherlands against the king of Spain). Under Albert and Isabella, a truce of 12 years was made between the Northern and Southern provinces (1608-1620); both countries could heal deep wounds and breathe again. In the South the reign of the "archdukes" indeed marked period of flourishing arts (Pieter Paul Rubens, Anthoon Van Dyck 1599-1641) and sciences. The North could consolidate fortifications and in fact the borders between current Belgium and The Netherlands were made in those days.
Awesome write-up and very cool Albert and Isabella medal or whatever it is. Fantastic shape! Sorry, I can't help with your linked jeton with the owl on it. but . I look a bit for what I can find. and Thanks EarlyMilledCoins for that delicious looking chocolate Royal Family medal.
Napoleon Bonaparte & Eagle Decors Medal by Edmond Henri Becker ( French artist and sculptor ) 1871-1971
From what I understand this particular 1 inch diameter medal is seldom found with "France" on the loop. I do believe it is bronze & silver washed. It may be sterling or another silver composition, I am not sure. All of those I saw do not have "France" on the loop. I have not determined an exact year these were made but most I have found claim the early 1900's. There is an Eagle on the reverse, possibly in relation to Napoleon's French Imperial Eagles. It would be difficult to condense a story on Napoleon, so I thought I'd highlight his Eagles.
Like the Roman legions centuries before them, Napoleon Bonaparte's armies carried eagles proudly at their head. Introduced in 1804, the eagles sat atop blue regimental flagpoles, were sculpted out of bronze and weighed 1.85 kilograms (about four pounds). They were made from six separately cast pieces designed along Roman lines and, when assembled, measured 310mm in height and 255mm in width. On the base would be the regiment's number or, in the case of the Guard, Guarde Imperiale. To lose an eagle would bring shame to a fighting unit, which had pledged upon the symbol's receipt to defend it to the death. This is a "Wounded Eagle" damaged by enemy fire.
One of the most celebrated losses of an eagle came at Waterloo, where Sergeant Charles Ewart of the Scots' Greys captured the cuckoo, as it was nicknamed, of the 45th Line Regiment. For his bravery - he killed at least three defenders - he was given a commission as ensign. Many units - particularly dragoons, line and light infantry, were ordered to return their eagles before setting out on a campaign. Many disobeyed the order. There are legendary tales of those guarding the eagles to have suffered numerous wounds - including mortal ones - in defending their precious possessions. Upon Bonaparte's fall, the restored monarchy of Louis XVIII ordered all eagles to be destroyed and only a very small number escaped the vengeful act. When the former emperor returned to power in 1815 he immediately had more eagles produced, although the quality did not match the originals. The workmanship was of a lesser quality and the main distinguishing changes had the new models with closed beaks and they were set in a more crouched posture. After Waterloo, many eagles were again destroyed - almost 100 of them - but today there are a little over 130 in existence.
This medal is a previous auction purchase that recently completed NGC grading/encapsulation. It's part of my research collection that focused on organizing and forming the "President of the United States special Government medal (POTUS sGm) series". http://www.potus-sgm.com/NGC established a label pedigree (no cost) for this research collection.
The POTUS sGm series is a numismatic researcher (me) defined series due to the subtle nature between the U.S. Mint and the procuring agency (in this case the White House Office) in disclosing procurement information from the U.S. Mint's third manufacturing function (goggle Manufacturing Triad of the U.S. Mint).
To make a long story short, the only reason that existing numismatic information of this medal is known is from three U.S. Mint employees (Director of the Mint, former Chief Engraver, and the current Chief Engraver (in 1966)) corroborated the research of Edward C. Rochette's 1966 book. However, some information of his research is misleading (This medal was not specifically used for President Kennedy's Ireland visit. It was awarded/gifted at other foreign and domestic locations.)
Designed by Frank Gasparro, struck by the Philadelphia Mint with a mintage of 300 and awarded/gifted by President Kennedy himself.
The U.S. Mint has never released manufacturing information of this medal directly to the public. (They did mention the designer in a Congressional hearing). More information can be found in my previous book (out of print) or soon to be published book about the POTUS sGm series.
The POTUS sGm you see is the "Mary Gallagher specimen". She was the personal secretary to Mrs. Kennedy. I plan to make this a plate medal on the topic of presidential provenance.
What makes this specimen unique is its unbroken chain of ownership (or provenance) from President Kennedy -to- Mary Gallagher -to- current owner (me).
Not many numismatic pieces can claim to be a true-to-life presidential artifact and still be in private hands. This is such a piece.
Thank you DrDarryl for this interesting special Government medal and story. Very interesting and I hope you show more of your collection here. Fantastic! Your website http://www.potus-sgm.com/ is also superb.
John Paul Jones sailed from the Delaware River in December 1775 aboard Alfred on the Continental Navy's maiden cruise. It was aboard this vessel that Jones took the honor of hoisting the first U.S. ensign - The Grand Union Flag, over a naval vessel. The fleet had been expected to cruise along the coast but was ordered instead by Commodore Esek Hopkins to sail for The Bahamas, where Nassau was raided for military supplies. The fleet had an unsuccessful encounter with a British packet ship on their return voyage. Jones was then assigned command of the sloop USS Providence in 1776. Congress had recently ordered the construction of thirteen frigates for the American Navy, one of which was to be commanded by Jones. In exchange for this prestigious command, Jones accepted his commission aboard the smaller Providence. During this six-week voyage to Nova Scotia, Jones captured sixteen prizes and inflicted significant damage in the Raid on Canso. Jones' next command came as a result of Commodore Hopkins's orders to liberate hundreds of American prisoners forced to labor in coal mines in Nova Scotia, and also to raid British shipping. On November 1, 1776, Jones set sail in command of Alfred to carry out this mission. Winter conditions prevented freeing the prisoners, but the mission did result in the capture of Mellish, a vessel carrying a vital supply of winter clothing intended for General John Burgoyne's troops in Canada.
Later in 1782 John Paul Jones naval career he was appointed to command the 74-gun USS America, but his command fell through when Congress decided to give America to the French as replacement for the wrecked Le Magnifique. As a result, he was given assignment in Europe in 1783 to collect prize money due his former hands. At length, this too expired and Jones was left without prospects for active employment, leading him on April 23, 1787 to enter into the service of the Empress Catherine II of Russia. As a rear admiral aboard the 24-gun flagship Vladimir, he took part in the naval campaign against the Turks, in concert with the Dnieper Flotilla commanded by Prince Charles of Nassau-Siegen and they successfully repulsed the Ottoman forces from the area, but the jealous intrigues of Nassau-Siegen turned the Russian commander Prince Grigory Potëmkin against Jones and he was recalled to St. Petersburg for the pretended purpose of being transferred to a command in the North Sea. Another factor may have been the resentment of several ex-British naval officers also in Russian employment, who regarded Jones as a renegade and refused to speak to him. Whatever motivated the Prince, once recalled he was compelled to remain in idleness, while rival officers plotted against him and even maliciously assailed his private character. Jones was arrested and cleared eventually of some terrible accusations, but he admitted some wrongdoings with a 12 yr old girl that today would be unthinkable. Jones was an embittered man. In 1789 Jones arrived in Warsaw, Poland, where he befriended Tadeusz Kosciuszko, another veteran of the American Revolutionary War. Kosciuszko advised him to leave the service of the autocratic Russia, and serve another power, suggesting Sweden. Despite Ko#347;ciuszko's backing, the Swedes, while somewhat interested, in the end decided not to recruit Jones.
John Paul Jones died of Kidney failure at the age of 45. He was buried in Paris at the Saint Louis Cemetery, which belonged to the French royal family. Four years later, France's revolutionary government sold the property and the cemetery was forgotten. The area was later used as a garden, a place to dispose of dead animals and where gamblers bet on animal fights. After years past his body was located and in 1905 and his body was brought to the United States aboard the USS Brooklyn (CA-3), escorted by three other cruisers. On approaching the American coastline, seven U.S. Navy battleships joined the procession escorting Jones's body back to America. On April 24, 1906, Jones's coffin was installed in a sarcophagus in Bancroft Hall at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.
The golden days of wholesome family entertainment gone by. Glad I was there.
I remember Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color as a kid which ran from 1961 to 1969 every Sunday night. During those years, I doubt I missed many episodes, except maybe some of those on summer nights. We didn't have a color TV yet and when we got one perhaps around 1965 it was amazing. Not all television shows were in color but Disney was and so was Bonanza as I recall. It was like Dorothy just stepped out into Munchkinland and there it was. COLOR! The NBC peacock would show up nice and bright, then the splashing of red yellow and blue with Tinkerbell.
Fireworks over the castle and then the intro by Disney himself about the evenings show. I remember being sad that Disney died when I heard about it. I was probably about 9 yrs old.
On the Obverse is a handsome profile of Walt Disney.
On the Reverse . Cinderella Castle, Mickey Mouse, probably Pluto, and maybe Pinocchio and I am guessing a rather friendly looking Captain Hooks ship "The Jolly Roger". Then of course, easily recognizable, is Mary Poppins, and perhaps Bambi's Father or Bambi all grown up. Walt Disney is in the center with his art tablet.
@TNG Disney is fun and connected to nice memories for countless families
your previous story "The lesser known story of John Paul Jones" is very interesting and well written !
Again this contribution makes me wonder if perhaps it would be a good idea to have a CCF section devoted to revolutionary coins/medals. It could bring coin and medal collectors together around a strong theme and - importantly - create a place were collectors of US and world coins interact.
A separate forum area with three threads to start with (here listed in chronological order): Dutch revolt American revolution French revolution I am sure there are other interesting revolutionary coins, so other threads could follow
a new CCF area where historical context is the key issue and where US and World coin collectors, coin and medal collectors interact may be a good idea; I am curious what you think
jbuck stops by regularly, I am sure he will address your ideas.
Thanks for your comments 1c5d7n5m One of the reasons I have thought this thread might be useful to others was when people search for info on a medal or token. Search engines find this thread and direct a person right to the post quite often.
New forums are only created when traffic (number of posts) warrant it. Right now this forum's first page goes back to May, so there is not enough activity to further subdivide it.
You are more then welcome to create new threads for each of those topics (Dutch revolt, American revolution, and French revolution). I am sure you will see them get some contribtions, but not enough to require their own forum.