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.