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Category: Exonumia



Bronze, UNC

73 mm (2.81”), 170 grams

OBVERSE: Designed by noted sculptor Peter Dalton (12/26/1894–1/14/1972) in 1953 for the Society of Medalists #48 issue, two nude men approach in a handshake greeting, one sporting a cast-aside robe and the other an olive branch. Psalm 133 passage encircles the medal: “BEHOLD HOW GOOD AND HOW PLEASANT IT IS FOR BRETHERN TO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY.” Dalton’s initials “PD” appear on the right side of “©” (copyright symbol) in the lower right quadrant. Dalton studied at the Art Students League, Beaux Arts Institute of Design, and the National Academy. He was a member of the National Institute of Arts & Letters and taught at the Albright Art Gallery School in Buffalo, New York.

REVERSE: An olive branch is shown in the background behind a plow (plough). A ploughshare is actually the sharp, forward-cutting edge of the moldboard. There is no sword in this sculpture, although the inscription from the biblical book of Isaiah 2:3-4, “THEY SHALL BEAT THEIR SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES,” encircles the image. Once again, Dalton has added his initials and copyright symbol, located in the mid-left quadrant.

EDGE: The top edge is engraved “SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS 48th ISSUE–NOV 1953–PETER DALTON, SC.” The bottom edge is engraved “MEDALLAC ART CO NY BRONZE.”