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Railroad safety medal by James Earle Fraser

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While looking through some tokens that I recently obtained I noticed a small medal that looked a little better rendered than the average item in the group. Looking into it, I found that the piece, a small bronze rendition of the Harriman railroad safety medal, was designed by James Earle Fraser who also did the Buffalo nickel and Oregon commemorative. This medal is about 32mm in diameter and I imagine that it was produced to distribute to the employees of the railroad which won the original gold medal...in this case the long defunct Duluth and Iron Range Railroad Company, which hauled taconite ore out of the Minnesota iron mines during their heyday. The medal dates from somewhere between 1913, when it was designed following Harriman's death, to 1938, when the railroad was merged with another iron range rail company. This one could use a soak in olive oil to remove the dirt that has accumulated around the devices.




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Nice one ;)



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