Flight of Icarus, Issue 124

Item Number: 48324
Product Type:  Coin
Size: 4 inch (102mm) Round
Material: Bronze Antique
Price: $125.00
This product is proudly minted in the United States of America

Flight of Icarus, Issue 124

The myth of Icarus has elements of intrigue, danger, conspiracy, exuberance, freedom…and tragic death. Sculptor Joseph Sheppard has created an iconic presentation of the Flight of Icarus, one of the most known and fascinating Greek Myths. The father of Icarus created for King Minos the plan for the Minoan Palace of Knossos. He had also built the Labyrinth, a maze designed to imprison the monster Minotaur, which in turn would kill the king’s enemies who were thrown into the maze. Complicated intrigue and love triangles conspired to have Icarus and his father themselves thrown into the maze.

The father knew that the only method of escape would be a ‘flight to freedom.’ He managed to create gigantic wings made of branches and wax, and taught Icarus how to fly. However, he warned his son that he should not fly too close to the sun, lest the wax melt. Although Icarus was warned, the thrill of flying and the feeling of freedom led him to soar too close to the sun. His wings melted, and he fell into the sea, where he drowned. The Icarian Sea, where he fell, was named after him.

Many have said that this myth is really a story about not tempting the Gods by approaching too closely. Others say it is merely a fanciful story about Man’s universal yearnings to fly and discover the mysteries of the universe. Whatever, this impressive medal expresses the yearning and exuberance of Freedom, and captures the agony of a needless young death.

This “Flight of Icarus” medal is struck in limited quantities by Medallic Art Company. All medals in the series of the Society of Medalists have been struck by the Medallic Art Company, America’s oldest and largest private mint.

Sculptor Sheppard was born in Owings Mills, Maryland, attended the Maryland Institute of Art from 1948 to 1952, and enjoyed a Guggenheim Traveling Fellowship to Florence, Italy, in 1957. His life production has been prolific. In addition to sculpture, Mr. Sheppard has created a significant body of work in the diverse forms of oil paintings, murals, and prints and drawings. His professional awards are legion.

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