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Why add this Marian Anderson 1/2 oz. gold American Arts commemorative medallion to your collection?

The American Arts Commemorative series of gold medallions was introduced by the U.S. Mint in 1980. The series was short lived, struck only until 1984, honoring two American artists each year on 1 oz. and 1/2 oz. gold medallions. The inaugural issue 1/2 oz. medal was struck in honor of contralto singer Marian Anderson. Anderson is remembered as one of the most revered singers of the twentieth century, having performed with prominent orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Measuring 27 mm in diameter, this 1980 dated medallion was struck from 1/2 Troy oz. of .900 fine gold at the West Point Bullion Depository, prior to becoming an official branch of the U.S. Mint in 1988.

Stunning Commemorative Design by Frank Gasparro

The obverse features a forward facing portrait of Anderson, her shoulders draped with the folds of an elegant gown, with the inscription "MARIAN ANDERSON" curving above.

Imagery of the reverse is based upon the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Anderson in 1977, illustrating the earth held in a pair of open hands with the sun's rays in the background and "UNITY GOD'S WAY" inscribed below. Additional inscriptions include "AMERICAN ARTS COMMEMORTIVE SERIES" and "1980."

Beautifully Struck Gold Medallion

This 1980 American Arts Series Gold Medallion honoring Marian Anderson is ungraded, featuring a strong, full strike with remarkably detailed surface elements and sensational eye appeal.

This 1/2 oz. gold Marian Anderson medallion belongs in your collection of precious metals!

Grading Service:Uncertified
Weight in Ounces:1/2 oz