SOM#012, Anthony DeFrancisci, Creation, 1935
From the collection of John Birks
Numbers Issued: 1,165 Bronze, 100 Silver
THE SCULPTOR'S MESSAGE
"In choosing the subject of 'Creation' for this medal I tried to crystallize in a few inches of space the general belief held by astronomers the world over that out of the gigantic masses of whirling matter, dotting various sections of our visible firmament, worlds come generally into being.
The advent of life, either in its rudimentary or complex organism, is based on the hypothesis that life could evolve and endure on all planets receiving heat and light from a central orb." - Anthony DeFrancisci, 1935
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mr. Anthony deFrancisci, the designer of the twelfth issue of the Society of Medalists, received his art education in New York under James Earle Fraser, Adolph Alexander Weinman and others.
He is Associates National Academician, Council Member of the National Sculpture Society; fellow American Numismatic Society; Member of Grand Central Art Gallery.
Instructor of sculpture at Columbia University; Designer of the United States Silver Dollar; Designer of the Texas Cavalry Medal; U.S. Army Insignia.
Designer of the Paul Revere Medal; the Ohio State University Medal for Journalism; The James Douglas award for non-ferrous metallurgy; The William Lawrence Saunders Award for achievement in the science of mining.
The Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club Medal; The National Concrete Institute Medal; The James H. McGraw Award for achievement in the field of electricity; the Rand Medal for executive excellence in the field of mining; The Midland Utilities Medal.
The Raymand Memorial in the lobby of the Engineering Society building in New York City.
The "Day" and "Night" Air Mail panels for the new Federal Post Office in Washington, D.C.
The Independence Memorial, Union Square, New York City.
Received the J. Sanford Saltus prize for achievement in the art of the medal, 1926; The Lindsey Morris award at the National Sculpture Society, 1932.
Represented in the Cincinnati Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the American Numismatic Museum, New York; Museum of the French Mint, Paris, France.