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THOMASON MEDALLIC BIBLE MEDAL #2, 1970

M008

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 (     -1849), a successful silversmith and 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; text on the reverse has been edited for brevity. This medal is #2 in the 60 series.

Obverse: Inspiration is attributed to the paintings of Dominico Zampieri (1581-1641; Domenichino, a nickname meaning “little” Domenico, based on his short stature ). He only produced two Adam and Eve paintings, neither of which look like this image.

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Original medal
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Rebuke of Adam & Eve
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Adamo ed Eva