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Commems Collection Medals: 1930 Massachusetts Bay Colony 300th Anniversary - #2

 
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I previously posted about one of the medals issued to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony that was celebrated in 1930. You can read it here: 1930 Massachusetts Bay Colony 300th Anniversary.

This submission takes a look at a medal on the opposite end of the spectrum from the previous 4" medal featuring John Endecott, the first Governor of the MB Colony.

The medal discussed here was sponsored by the Tercentenary Conference of City and Town Committees. The group was one of the two primary private groups that was actively organize commemorative events across Massachusetts; the other group was the Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary, Inc. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts established the Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary Commission.

The small medal is 28 mm in diameter (~1.1 inches). At its center, the obverse depicts a scene featuring the original Pilgrims (right) being greeted by the local Native Americans. Semi-encircling the central scene, at the rim, is "MASSACHUSETTS BAY TERCENTENARY" and below the scene is found the descriptive inscription "PURITAN GOVERNOR WINTHROP, INDIAN CHIEF CHICKATABOT EXCHANGE TOKEN OF GOOD WILL". The anniversary dates - "1630-1930 " - are seen near the bottom rim. Above the scene, just within the inner ring, is seen "1930 T.C.O. C.&T.C. INC." - an abbreviation that identifies the medal's sponsor, the Tercentenary Conference of City and Town Committees, Inc.

The medal's reverse design is essentially a copy of the "1652" Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling; several towns across the state issued medals that featured the famous colonial coin in addition to the medal shown here. "ROBBINS CO. ATTLEBORO MASS" is found near the rim at the six o'clock position.

The medal was struck in white metal, with a silvered wash, by the Robbins Company of Attleboro, MA; Robbins was/is a leading jewelery manufacturer (pins, rings, awards, etc.). The company was founded in 1892 and, in addition to its many jewelery items, produced medals of outstanding artistic and technical quality - especially in the 1920s through 1950s. Renowned artist/sculptor Julio Kilenyi designed/sculpted a large number of medals struck by Robbins; the designer/modeler of this medal, however, is unidentified. It is estimated that 10,000 of the medals were struck.

The Tercentenary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was the subject of a commemorative half dollar proposal introduced in Congress in 1929. The bill called for 500,000 50-cent pieces "in commemoration of the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and constitutional government authority." The bill was passed by the House, but failed to achieve Senate approval. Though the coin proposal failed, more than 60 different commemorative medals were privately-struck for the event.

1930 Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Medal - Tercentenary Conference of City and Town Committees




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 Posted 02/11/2022  10:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good read, thanks as always for your scholarship.
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Great looking medal!
@Commens, you think that in 2030 "they" will come out with a Quadricentennial medal?
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you think that in 2030 "they" will come out with a Quadricentennial medal?

I would be surprised if there aren't at least a few privately-struck medals for the 400th anniversary. Who knows, the US Mint might even still be interested in medals in 2030 and issue one!


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I searched a bit online, but it seems there are no Bicentennial, 1630-1830, commemoratives. Is that right?
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I'm not aware of any 1830 Bicentennial medals for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, but, if such statement proves accurate, the lack of commemorative medals in 1830 would not be incredibly surprising.

Firstly, commercial commemorative medals were not a widespread enterprise in 1830, and US commemorative coins were decades away.

Secondly, per remarks made in Congress in 1930 during consideration of a potential Tercentenary half dollar, the 1930 Tercentenary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was the first time the important event was to be celebrated by Massachusetts, New England or the US as a whole.

This leads me to think that if any medals were struck, they were made in small quantities and their distribution was local in nature. (But I've yet to see any!)




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