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Commemorating Lindbergh's Trans-Atlantic Flight, 1927

Artist:
Frederick William MacMonnies (American, New York 1863–1937 New York)
Date:
1931
Medium:
Bronze and gold leaf
Dimensions:
Diam. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of the Society of Medalists (through George D. Pratt), 1933
Accession Number:
33.152.8
Not on view
Although MacMonnies earned greatest recognition for his monumental statuary, he supplemented his income with small-scale sculpture and medallic work. This medal was commissioned in 1931 by the Society of Medalists, a New York-based collectors’ organization established the preceding year to support superior medallic efforts. The Society gave artists the freedom to choose their own subject matter, and MacMonnies commemorated Charles Lindbergh’s May 1927 transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. The obverse presents a heroic portrait of the aviator; the reverse portrays a lone eagle battling wind and lightening as the figure of Death retreats in defeat.
Signature: [on the obverse]: [monogram] / 1931

Inscription: [on the obverse]: CHARLES AVGVSTVS LINDBERGH; [on the reverse]: LONE EAGLE

Marking: [foundry mark, on edge]: MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. THE SOCIETY OF MEDALLISTS FOURTH ISSUE
the Society of Medalists, until 1933
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