Historical and Commemorative
SELECTED REFERENCE WORKS
In an attempt to make this list useful to a variety of collectors, the beginner as well as those more experienced collectors of medallic art, I have broken down the books into different categories, including: General Reference Books, Subject, Country, Medalist, Persons, and General Collections of Medals. There is also a short list of auction catalogues I have found particularly useful. The list is by no means comprehensive but rather serves as a compilation of those books with which I have personal knowledge and which I happen to prefer.
GENERAL REFERENCE BOOKS ON MEDAL COLLECTING
Linecar, Howard, W.A, The Commemorative
Medal -- Its Appreciation and Collection. David and Charles, l974.
Forrer, L, Biographical Dictionary of
Medallists- Vol. 1-8. Original Edition published in London
(1902-1930). Reprinted by Spinks (1965) and by Franklin, New York
(1970). Third reprint and revised Volume I published by A. H. Baldwin
and Sons and A. G. van der Dussen (1980) printed by Cultura Press,
Volume I on Google Books
Europese Penningen: 2500 Europese Medailles, A
Catalogue of 2500 European Medals. Published in Amstelveen, The
Jones, M, The Art of the Medal,
British Museum Publications Ltd., London 1979.
Jones, M. (Ed.): Designs on Posterity: Drawings
for medals, The British Art Medal Trust, Llanfyllin, Powys, 1994.
Scher, S.K, The Currency of Fame: PORTRAIT
MEDALS OF THE RENAISSANCE. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers in
association with the Frick Collection, New York, 1994.
MEDAL BOOKS BY SUBJECT OR TYPE
Eidlitz, Robert James : Medals and Medallions
Relating to Architects. New York, l927.
Taylor, Jeremy : The Architectural Medal England
in the Nineteenth Century. Published by British Museum Publication
Ltd., London l978.
Eglit, N.A, Columbiana. Published by
author, printed by Hewitt Brothers, Chicago.
INDIAN PEACE MEDALS
Prucha, F.P, Indian Peace Medals in
American History. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, l971.
Belden, Bauman L. : Indian Peace Medals
Issued in the United States 1789-1889. N. Flayderman & Co., New
Milford, Connecticut (Publisher), 1966.
ITALIAN BAROQUE MEDALS
Vannel, F. and Toderi, G, La Medaglia
Barocca in Toscanna. Studio per Edizioni Scelte, Firenze, l987.
Johnson, Velia : Dieci Anni di Studi di
Medaglistica 1968-78. Edizioni Stabilimento Stefano Johnson s.p.a.,
Friedenberg, Daniel M, Jewish Medals from the Renaissance to the Fall of Napoleon. Interesting and learned work on medals related to Jews and Jewish history by the Dean of Judaic Numismatics and former Curator of Coins and Medals for The Jewish Museum. The book has a particularly engrossing chapter on anti-Semitic Medals as it reveals the long-standing history of state-sponsored anti-Semitism.
Friedenberg, D.M. (Ed.): Great Jewish Portraits in
Metal. Selected Plaques and Medals from the Samuel Friedenberg
Collection of the Jewish Museum. Schocken Books, U.S.A. 1963.
Freeman, S.E, Medals Related to Medicine and Allied Sciences in the Numismatic Collection of The Johns Hopkins University. The Evergreen House Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland, 1964. The most widely quoted and authoritative catalogue on medals related to medicine and its allied sciences. The book contains brief biographical sketches of the physicians and scientists depicted on the medals. Although not every medal is pictured, it is nevertheless the most useful reference book in its field.
For pure enjoyment see Scher, The Currency of Fame: PORTRAIT MEDALS OF THE RENAISSANCE. (See above)
Hill, G.F. : RENAISSANCE MEDALS from the Samuel H.
Kress Collection at the National Gallery of Art: Based on the
Catalogue of Renaissance Medals in the Gustave Dreyfus Collection. By
G.F. Hill, Revised and enlarged by Graham Pollard. Published by the
Phaidon Press for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. London 1967.
Hill, G, Medals of the Renaissance, Revised and
enlarged by Graham Pollard, A Colonnade Book. British Museum
Publications, Ltd., l978.
Hill, G.F, A Corpus of Italian Medals of the
Renaissance before Cellini. Florence, 1984.
Attwood, P. Italian Medals c.1530-1600 in British
Public Collections. London, 2003. Two volumes.
SWISS SHOOTING MEDALS
Martin, Jean L, Les Medailles de Tir
Suisses. l612-1939. Lausanne, l972.
MEDAL BOOKS BY COUNTRY
Hawkins, E., Franks, A.W., and Grueber
Medallic Illustrations of the History of Great Britain and Ireland to
the Death of George II, Vol. I and II. Spink and Son, Ltd., Eng.,
A newer issue of this book, in oversized form, including illustrations and published in 1979, is available from Quarterman Publications, Inc, Lawrence, Massachusetts in association with British Museum Publications Ltd. Though not as fine as the original illustrations, the new versions of the plates are certainly adequate.
The original illustrations were published between 1904 and 1911 by University Press, Oxford by Horace Hart. In total, they comprised 183 plates plus indexes. The plates were divided into 18 parts, each part consisting of 10 plates, in loose folio pages, and enclosed in hard cardboard. The 19th part contained the indexes.
Brown, L. A. : British Historical Medals 1760-1960. Volume I: The Accession of George III to the Death of William IV. Seaby Publications Ltd. London, 1980.
Brown, L. A. : British Historical Medals 1837-1901 Volume II: The Reign of Queen Victoria. B.A Seaby Ltd., 1987.
Brown, L.A. : British Historical Medals 1760-1960.
Volume III: The Accession of Edward VII to 1960. Spink & Son Ltd.
Welch, Charles : Numismata Londinensis.
Medals Struck by the Corporation of London to Commemorate Important
Municipal Events 1831-1893. London, l894.
Wollaston, H, The Commemorative Collectors Guide
to British Official Medals for Coronations and Jubilees. Published
by the Commemorative Collectors Society, Nottingham, U.K., 1978.
Beaulah, G. K. : The Medals of the Art
Union of London, The British Numismatic Journal, Vol XXXVI, 1967
Eimer, C. : British
Commemorative Medals and their values. Spink and Son Ltd., London,
Fearon, D, Spink’s Catalogue of British
Commemorative Medals: 1558 to the present day with valuations. Webb
and Bower, Exeter, England 1984.
Jones, M, A Catalogue of the French Medals in the British Museum, Vol 1 1402-1610. British Museum Publications Ltd. 1982.
Jones, M, A Catalogue of the French Medals
in the British Museum, Vol 2 1600-1672. British Museum Publications
Hennin, M, Histoire Numismatique de la
Revolution Francaise., J. S. Merlin, Libraire, Quai des Augustins,
Paris, l826: reprinted by A.G. van der Dussen, Maastricht.
Brockmann, G, Die Medaillen der Welfen: Band I, Linie Wolfenbuttel. Verlag Dr. G. Brockmann, Koln, 1985.
Brockmann, G, Die Medaillen der Welfen:
Band2, Linie Luneburg/Hannover. Verlag Dr. G. Brockmann, Koln, 1987.
Brockmann, G, Die Medaillen der Kurfursten und Konige von Brandenburg-Preussen: Band I. Die Medaillen Joachim I. - Friedrich Wilhelm I. 1499-1740. Verlag Dr. G. Brockmann, Koln, 1994. Another wonderful book by Guenther Brockmann describing The Medals of the Electors and Kings of Brandenburg-Prussia.
Wielandt, F. and Zeitz, J, Die Medaillen des
Hauses Baden. G. Braun, Karlsruhe, l980.
Trusted M, German Renaissance Medals, A Catalogue
of the Collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Published by the
Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990.
Grove, F.W, Medals of Mexico Vol. I Medals of the Spanish Kings, Frank W. Grove, Guadalajara, Mexico 1970.
Grove, F.W, Medals of Mexico Vol. II, 1821-1971,
Frank W. Grove, Guadalajara, Mexico 1972.
Van Loon, Gerard: Histoire métallique des XVII
provinces des Pays-Bas depuis l’abdication de Charles-Quint, jusqu’ B la
paix de Bade en MDCCXVI. La Haye: P. Gosse, J. Neaulme, P. De Hondt.
Five volumes. The Hague, 1732-1737.
Iversen, J, Medaillen auf die Thaten Peter
Des Grossen., St. Petersberg, l972.
Spassky, I. and Shchukina, E, Medals and
Coins of the Age of Peter the Great. Hermitage Collection, Aurora
Art Publishers, Leningrad 1974.
Herrera, A, Medallas de Proclamaciones y
Juras de los Reyes de Espana. Imprenta de M. G. Herandez, Madrid,
Betts, C. Wyllys, American Colonial
History. Illustrated by Contemporary Medals. Quarterman
Publications, Inc., l972.
Jaeger, K. and Bowers, Q. David: 100 Greatest
American Medals and Tokens, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, GA.
Julian, R.W, Medals of the United States
Mint. The First Century 1792-1892. Token and Medal Society, l977.
Loubat, J. F, The Medallic History of the
United States of America 1776-1876. Flayderman & Co., New Milford,
BOOKS DESCRIBING MEDALS BY INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS
Eisler, W., The Dassiers of Geneva: 18th Century European Medalists, Volume 1, Jean Dassier, Medal Engraver: Geneva, Paris and London, 1700-1733. Association des amis du Cabinet des medailles du canton de Vaud, Palais de Rumine, CH-1005 Lausanne , et le Musee d’art et d’histoire, Geneve, 2002.
Eisler, W., The Dassiers of Geneva: 18th
Century European Medalists, Volume 2, Dassier and Sons: An Artistic
Enterprise in Geneva, Switzerland and Europe, Association des amis
du Cabinet des medailles du canton de Vaud, Palais de Rumine, CH-1005
Lausanne , et le Musee d’art et d’histoire, Geneve, 2005.
Wiecek, A., Sebastian Dadler, Medalier
Gdanski. XVII wieku, Danzig, l962.
Kienast, G.W., The Medals of Karl Goetz, The
Artus Company, Cleveland, Ohio. 1967.
Felder, Peter, Medaileur Johann Carl
Hedlinger. 1691-1771. Switzerland, l978.
Ross, M., Jacques Wiener’s Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe: The Man, Monuments, and Medals, American Numismatic Society, New York, 2019. A magnificent, thoroughly researched treatise on Jacques Wiener’s medals. This book no doubt would be the standard for which future books on medals will be compared: marvelous images, meticulously researched and simple lovely to behold.
BOOKS DESCRIBING MEDALS OF INDIVIDUALS
Zeitz, L. and Zeitz J, Napoleons Medaillen.
Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersberg 2003.
Bramsen, L. : Médallier Napoléon Le Grand,
D’Essling: Importante Collection de Monnaies et
Medailles, Appartenant au Prince d’Essling. June 1927.
Page-Divo, F. and Divo, J-P, Medailles de
Napoleon III, Hess Divo AG, Zurich, 2001.
Divo, J-P: Medailles de Louis XIV, Spink & Son
Numismatics SA Zurich 1982.
La Medaille au temps de Louis XIV,
Hotel de la
Monnaie de Paris, Acheve d’Imprimer sur les Presses de l’Imprimerie
Whiting R.B, Collection Prof. Robert B. Whiting,
Coins and medals of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Spink/Bullowa
Auction, Zurich, 1983.
Baker, W. S. : Medallic Portraits of Washington
with Historical and Critical Notes, Robert M. Lindsay, Philadelphia,
1885. Reprinted in 1965 by Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin.
Musante, Neil, Medallic Washington: A Catalog of Struck, Cast and
Manufactured Coins, Tokens and Medals Issued in Commemoration of George
Washington 1777 – 1890; Two Volumes, 850 pp., Spink & Son Ltd,
London and Boston, 2016.
GENERAL COLLECTIONS OF MEDALS
Hall, V. : Catalogue of The Vernon Hall Collection
of European Medals, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin,
Norris, A.S. and Weber, I, Medals and Plaquettes
from the Molinari Collection at Bowdoin College. l976.
The Salton Collection: Renaissance and Baroque Medals
and Plaquettes. Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Brunswick, Maine,
The Samuel H. Kress Collection at the National
Gallery of Art.
Although there are thousands of auction catalogues published by various auction houses, many of which are important, I have chosen just a few individual ones that I found to be particularly useful.
Laugwitz & Co. October 1976.
Spink Coin Auction, Number 8, 1980.
Sotheby & Co., May 27th 1974.
Sotheby’s European Historical Medals.
Baldwin’s Auctions, Number 35, October 2003.
Goppel, Dr. Plum and Holler : Munzen- und
Morton & Eden, May 20-21, 2003.
Presidential Coin and Antique Company: Offers a wide variety of high quality medals, most of which are from the United States of America. The most comprehensive auction of American medals and a must for collectors of medals listed in Betts and Julian.
Stacks: John J. Ford, Jr. Collection of Coins, Medals
and Currency. October, 2003 to present. Perhaps the most complete and
important collection of United States Coins, Medals, Currency and Books
(the latter in association with George Frederick Kolbe Fine Numismatic
Books) ever offered for auction, from the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection.
These auctions took place over several years in more that 20 parts, and
still counting. The catalogues contain virtually every know type of
medal related to U.S. history, including an extensive number of Betts
medals and Indian Peace Medals. The catalogues are collectors’ items
Spink/Bullowa Auction, Zurich, April 19-20,1983.
Auction Houses of Particular Note
Auktionen Münzhandlung Sonntag (AMS): Mostly European medals (see Advertisement)
Baldwin's: European medals with good selection from Great Britain (see Advertisement)
Bank Leu AG Zurich
Bob Moffatt: Coins, tokens and medals, mostly American
Dix Noonan Webb: Mainly British (see Advertisement)
Dmitry Markov: Specializes in Russian material
Early American Auctions: Mostly American material
Gorny & Mosch: European medals (see Advertisement)
Hess-Divo AG: Mostly European
Ira and Larry Goldberg: Periodic listing of medals
Künker: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co. KG: One of the largest auction houses of silver and bronze medals, offering several auctions per year, mostly European (see Advertisement)
Morton & Eden: European, many British.
Münzen & Medaillen GmbH: Offers mostly European medals
Peus: Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.: European medals
Presidential Coin and Antique Company: Finest and most comprehensive selection of American tokens and medals (see Advertisement)
Rosenblum ( William M. Rosenblum, LLC): Specializes in Jewish related material (see Advertisement)
Schulman b.v.: European medals, many from The Netherlands
Spink: European, mainly British, commemorative medals
St. James's Auctions: Mainly British
Stack's and Bowers: Mainly US material
Wag (Westfalische Auctions): European material
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