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After chasing down Pan American medals unsuccessfully for the past 5-10 year I finally was able to add one to my collection from yesterday's fist session at the March Stack's sale. I had hoped to own a Bronze example but "settled" for a Silver medal. Actually, I was surprised to have won: I had entered my max bid and although I was following live I hadn't intended to increase my bid, content to watch the price rise higher than I was willing to go and living to bid another day. In fact, I had PM'd with member Zoins and expressed as much.
I find this design to be quite breath-taking and iconically American. Many don't realize that the Hermon McNeil design from 1901 was actually somewhat of a precursor and inspiration for the James Frazier designed Buffalo Nickel. The inscribed name of the initial recipient, Benjamin Velasco, has proven to stymie me thus far. I believe he was Filipino due mainly to the fact that that's where my searches have directed me, but haven't found anything yet that tells me who he was and what he received the award for. Perhaps someone can help with either a direct link or a list of medal recipients from the Exhibition.
If you have one of these medals, and I know quite a few of the membership own them, please post a picture. I never get tired of looking at them.