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Select Medallic Art of Alex Shagin

Select Medallic Art of Alex Shagin

“… a skillful sculptor and had earned an honest living …”

– The Adventure of The Six Napoleons (SIXN)

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Alex Shagin, now a freelance medallic artist based in southern California, cast medals featuring Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle in the early 1990s. Let’s take a look at some other of his medallic works.

AS 1984 Orwell OBVAS 1984 Orwell REV

A 78mm bronze casting of the English writer George Orwell. Limited to only 84 pieces and cast in 1984.

AS Reagan OBVAS Reagan REV

A free-standing 106 x 85 mm cast bronze medal with a curved surface honoring the second Presidential inauguration of Ronald Reagan in 1985. Shagin is known for casting medals that are also free-standing, such as this piece.

AS 1985 Maimondes OBVAS 1985 Maimondes REV

This 1985 cast silver medal features Maimonides, a medieval Spanish-Egyptian philosopher and Jewish theologian. This 75 x 79 mm medal was issued for the Sephardic Educational Center in Jerusalem.

AS 1986 SOM OBVAS 1986 SOM REV

This 1986 bronze 73 mm medal was struck for the Society of Medalists, and is the 114th medal in the long-running series of medals they produced and has the theme of “One Earth.”

AS 1986 Statue of Liberty

This 60 mm silver medal was struck for the Statue of Liberty Centennial in 1986.

Shagin would apply the patina by hand on this 7 inch uniface medal of Auguste Bartholdi, the designer of the Statue of Liberty.

And a more “commercial” design for this silver round, also produced for the Statue of Liberty centennial in 1986.

AS 1987 Constitution cast OBVAS 1987 Constitution cast REV

Shagin cast this bronze medal for the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in 1987 and it measures 55 x 73 mm.

     

Shagin also produced this 64m bronze medal for the 1987 celebration of the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.

AS 1987 Elie Wiesel OBVAS 1987 Elie Wiesel REV

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Laureate, is featured on this cast sterling silver medal that measures 66 x 69 mm from 1987.

AS 1987 FIDEM OBV AS 1987 FIDEM REV

In 1987, the American Numismatic Association hosted the FIDEM International Medallic Exhibition at it’s Colorado Springs headquarters. Cast in silver, this medal measures 72×73 mm.

     

This 76mm bronze medal was struck in 1988 for the Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina and is called “The Sculptor and the Garden.”

This 1991 cast bronze medal features David Schwarz, a Jewish aircraft developer and inventor of the first rigid airship, and is 71mm.

This silver round commemorates the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Shagin has had a prolific portfolio of work and this post barely scratches the topic.

 

Emphemera of Shagin’s Medals of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

Emphemera of Shagin’s Medals of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

“Here is an advertisement which will interest you …” – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR) Edward C. Rochette, the 5th Garrideb, and his wife Maryann started a small business selling Holmesian gifts in 1990. The business was called Sherlock, Stock & Barrel Company. Pictured above was their first advertising flyer that was sent to folks… Continue Reading

Shagin Recognized for Medallic Achievements (1990)

Shagin Recognized for Medallic Achievements (1990)

“If I were a sculptor …” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) The American Numismatic Association bestowed its Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture this year (1990) on Alex Shagin of Los Angeles, California. He was presented with an engraved, 14kt-gold medal donated by the Franklin Mint of Franklin Center, Pennsylvania. Born… Continue Reading

Numismatist Profile – Alex Shagin (2011)

Numismatist Profile – Alex Shagin (2011)

“Without art, a coin collection is just another form of bookkeeping.”  – Alex Shagin Alex Shagin’s life has always been about artistic freedom and enduring coins. It’s been a long, but rewarding challenge for this defender of classical medal design. Born in Russia near Leningrad, on January 21, 1947, Alexander George Shagin is the only… Continue Reading

Alex Shagin’s 1991 Portrait Medal of Arthur Conan Doyle

Alex Shagin’s 1991 Portrait Medal of Arthur Conan Doyle

“… it bore some resemblance …” – The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST)       In 1991, Alex Shagin, a former head engraver with the Leningrad Mint, cast a medal featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, which was marketed by Sherlock, Stock & Barrel, a firm owned by Edward C. Rochette, the 4th Garrideb of our scion.… Continue Reading

Alex Shagin’s 1990 Portrait Medal of Sherlock Holmes

Alex Shagin’s 1990 Portrait Medal of Sherlock Holmes

“… it was a perfect facsimile.” – The Adventure of The Empty House (EMPT)            From the George S. Cuhaj (the 14th Garrideb, aka Cardinal Tosca) Collection Alex Shagin, a former head engraver with the Leningrad Mint, was commissioned in 1990 to sculpt a medal featuring Sherlock Holmes. Cast in both silver and… Continue Reading

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

“You are an early bird …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) In 1982, two professors at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — Fred Saules and Frank Vacante — organized a group of 18 Sherlockians to form a new BSI scion, Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers. The group takes its name from the final Sherlock Holmes novel, The… Continue Reading

The Member’s Badge of Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients

The Member’s Badge of Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients

“‘I was going to say that my practice could get along very well for a day or two, since it is the slackest time in the year.” – The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (NAVA) Photo by Larry Feldman, Staff Surgeon of DWNP As a result of our recent Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner… Continue Reading

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

“Since then I have been honoured …” – His Last Bow (LAST) Shortly after mailing out our last notice of new posts on our website, I received a note from the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, that there were other Sherlockian-related recipients of the National Medal of the Arts. Noted theatrical musical composer Stephen Sondheim… Continue Reading