Boston Tavern Club Medal
Designed by Bela Lyon Pratt
Ca. 1909, struck in silver. Dies engraved by the famous sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt, who also designed the US $2.50 and $5 Indian gold coins.
This medal was struck for 25-year members of the Boston Tavern Club, a social club founded in 1884 (as indicated on the obverse), and whose activities are (according to the club's website) characterized by a "pervasive sense of humor and occasion".
In February, 1885, the Club adopted the Totem of Bear as its mascot, who can be seen on the obverse sitting at a table chowing down and having a cold one.
This particular example had been awarded to 25-year member Francis Wilson Lee, as engraved on the reverse.
Quite rare as a medal, with other surviving specimens impounded in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as the Boston Tavern Club itself.
This coin is from the CRO archives and is not currently available for sale.
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