Football medal in honor of the Super Bowl: An early piece by Victor David Brenner circa 1894
Here is a piece that I acquired this year after a long search.
(1894) Football Medal, V.D. Brenner Fec. N.Y., NGC MS64 Brown Smedley-15. Bronze, 35 mm
I first saw this one a few years back in the archives of a prominent online dealer's inventory. I was immediately drawn to the obverse pictorial, something so lifelike it made me feel as though I were there in the medal itself. Brenner masterfully crafted a scene of young men on a muddy field, savagely trying to rip a ball from each other's arms as they engage in a sport that would become the very symbol of American athletics. Football. It had already been sold, and I kicked myself at the lost opportunity. Low and behold the piece turned up in a Stacks Auction a few months ago, and I jumped at the opportunity. It's a very rare, early piece from the designer of the Lincoln Cent, Victor David Brenner and I cannot find a record of another sold in Bronze.
Simply beautiful and very high relief. Under a loupe, the players are popping right out.
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