FRANKLIN MINT Thomason Medallic Bible 60 Bronze Medals

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  • Sold Date: Sep 01, 2007
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This is the Solid Bronze Thomason Medallic Bible minted by the Franklin Mint in 1970.

The original Thomason Medallic Bible was a set of sixty medals struck in 1830 that captured the essence of the entire Holy Bible in medallic art. The obverse designs were inspired by the works of well-known Renaissance artists and executed by several different engravers. The reverse of each medal contained a dense text quotation or explanation describing the topic of each medal. The 1830 set was produced in Birmingham, England by Sir Edward Thomason, who felt divinely inspired to promote the glory of God by impressing the Word of God upon gold, silver and other indestructible metals.

This is an interesting way to experience some of the great topics in the bible. The biblical subjects depicted on the medals include: Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, Abraham (art by Rembrandt), Moses (by Rafael), First Born Slain (by Michelangelo), David and Goliath, Solomon's Temple, Job (by DaVinci), The Last Supper, Crucifixion (by Rubens), and The Ascension.

CONDITION: In 1970, the Franklin Mint produced 3 different editions: a Proof-Quality Sterling Silver Edition, a Proof-Like Solid Bronze Edition and a regular Mint Solid Bronze Edition.

This version is the Proof-Like Solid Bronze Edition, featuring 60 different 1.75" diameter medals. (about the same diameter as an old morgan silver dollar). The book contains 5 thick and heavy pages with 12 coins per page. Each coin is encased in protective plastic, and I don't believe any of the coins have ever been removed from the protective plastic. My mom bought this beautiful Franklin Mint Bible as an investment in the early 1970's! (I think I wanted the Franklin Mint Silver Ingot Car Series, but I was about 10, a kinda weird 10 I suppose). Anyway, these Medals are still in their original brilliant proof-like condition. T is some toning or patina to some of the coins, but the set remains beautiful. As you may be able to see in the photos, the front and back covers have no tears or major damage, but their are some spots of residue or marring on both the front and back. The inside pages have occasional minor spots of marring from pages rubbing up against each other. It's very minor though and the set is really in great condition for an original 37 year old edition!

SHIPPING: The Book is 11" tall, 10" wide, 2" thick and weighs almost 10 pounds. It will be sent USPS Priority Mail with Insurance. Shipping is $12 to the Continental US. Other destinations and shipping options by e-mail request.

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