Collector's Editions: 175th Anniversary Medals



Own a piece of Brooklyn and New York City history.

How many New York City institutions have celebrated a 175th Anniversary? In continuous operation since 1838, Green-Wood alone claims this historic and auspicious title. For anyone who loves history, Brooklyn, New York City, and for the hundreds of thousands of families who have loved ones interred here, this beautiful art medal is a keepsake for the ages.

These striking medals commemorate the 175th Anniversary of Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark founded in 1838.  The magnificent angel on the Valentine monument (sculpted ca.1870), one of Green-Wood's most stunning, was the sculptor's inspiration. And the medal's arched shape suggests the spires of Green-Wood's grand Gothic arch, designed by Richard Upjohn & Son. Green-Wood is one of America's first rural cemeteries and enjoys an international reputation for its natural beauty, statuary and architecture. Its popularity was the catalyst for the creation of New York City's public parks, including Central Park and Prospect Park. With this medallion, Green-Wood continues a tradition that was embraced especially enthusiastically in the 19th Century: the creation of an "art medal" to mark a significant event. Today, historic medals (which, unlike paper, endure forever) are coveted by collectors, housed in museums, and studied by historians, artists, and cultural observers. In the spirit of Green-Wood itself, this beautiful anniversary medal captures a date and a story for future generations. A small wooden stand accompanies the piece.

Sculptor Amy Kann, (National Sculpture Society Fellow) has received awards from The Portrait Society of America, The Salmagundi Club, and The Audubon Society. She studied with Walter Erlebacher (1933-1991) at The Philadelphia College of Art and found a professional and personal mentor in his wife, painter Martha Mayer Erlebacher (b. 1937.) Ms. Kann's work is included in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian Museum, The British Museum, and The Brookgreen Gardens Museum in South Carolina. She is represented by James Graham & Sons in New York.

Lower-right image: Bronze medal (front), Bronze medal (back), Silver-plated medal (front), Gold-plated medal (front.) Backs of all medals share the same design. Medals are 4 3/4" tall and 1 3/4" wide at the base.