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William Lawrence Saunders Award for Achievement in Mining (obverse)

ca. 1927 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 Medallic Art Company (Founder) white metal 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (8.9 x 7.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci 1966.51.88 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 6


Luce Center Label

William Lawrence Saunders was the 1915 president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, a chairman of Ingersoll Rand Company, and deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. This award, known today as the William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal, was established in 1927 and recognizes achievement in mining other than coal. The reverse of Anthony de Francisci’s artist’s strike, or sample, features the name of the first honoree and a pair of crossed hammers, symbol of ore mining. The victory torch at left evokes the smelting of ores in the mills, another process for which this award has also been given.

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About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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