1971 Charles M. Russell Billings Montana so-called dollar
This is a medal of a great western artist, Charles M. Russell who fits well in my "Old West" album along with other medals I have by Frederic Remington and George Catlin that I have posted in this thread.
Charles Marion Russell
Born March 19, 1864 St. Louis, Missouri
Died October 24, 1926 Great Falls, Montana
also known as C. M. Russell, Charlie Russell, and "Kid" Russell, was an artist of the Old American West. Russell created more than 2,000 paintings of cowboys, Indians, and landscapes set in the Western United States and in Alberta, Canada, in addition to bronze sculptures. Known as 'the cowboy artist',
Russell was also a storyteller and author. The C. M. Russell Museum Complex located in Great Falls, Montana, houses more than 2,000 Russell artworks, personal objects, and artifacts. Other major collections are held at the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
Russell's mural titled Lewis and Clark Meeting the Flathead Indians
hangs in the state capitol building in Helena, Montana.( I think it is interesting that the Lewis and Clark explorers are far away on the right in the background )
Russell's 1918 painting Piegans
sold for $5.6 million at a 2005 auction.
The Bronco shown on the reverse of this medal resembles a painting titled "The Bucker"
painted in 1904.
Or it could be from the sculpture"Bronco Twister"
He did numerous works similar to this pose of a cowboy on a bucking bronco, most times the hat is flying through the air.