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SOM#107, Joseph DiLorenzo, Camelot - Excalibur, 1983
Photo by John Birks

Numbers Issued: 750 Bronze

FROM THE ARTIST

The legend of King Arthur has stirred the imagination of people everywhere for centuries. Romance, knighthood, chivalry and adventure are all part of the tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Legend has it that embedded in a block of stone, with anvil of steel, was a sword "EXCALIBER." At the base of the stone in gold lettering were the words, "who so pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil, is right wise king born of all England." Many noblemen came and tried, but none succeeded until Arthur drew out the sword with ease, and thus became King of all England. Arthur kept many castles, but Camelot was his principal court, owing to the presence of the Round Table.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Perhaps one of the most prolific of all medalists in America today, Joseph DiLorenzo has designed and sculpted hundreds of medals and plaques since his apprenticeship to his father in early 1939.

A member of the National Sculpture society, Joe also studied with Rene Chambellan, after serving in the United States Air Corp. He has created medals for the U.S. Government, Collector Medals, Anniversary Medals for major corporations all over America and most major Universities. Joseph was a student at Beaux Arts from 1937-39 and Art Students League from 1938-41, 1946-47. He resides in Alpine, New Jersey.
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