Bronze, Proof, Franklin Mint
44 mm (1-3/4”), 48 grams
HISTORY: A 60-medal set of Bible history was originally produced in Birmingham, England, by Sir Edward Thomason (c. 1769–1849), a successful silversmith and an inventor. His intent was to distill the essence of the Bible in medallic art. The originals are a large 73 mm with a much expanded portion of scripture on the reverse. The 44 mm 1970 recreation by the Franklin Mint retains the integrity of the obverse design. This medal is #2 in the 60 series.
OBVERSE: Inspiration for the obverse is attributed to the paintings of Dominico Zampieri (1581–1641). Domenichino was his nickname, meaning “little” Domenico, based on his short stature. He only produced two Adam and Eve paintings, neither of which look like this image.
REVERSE: The scriptural text is from Genesis 3:6 and has been edited by Franklin Mint for brevity.