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Awarded 1st Byrd Expedition Bronze Medal


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Naval aviator, explorer and later Admiral Richard E. Byrd, led explorers to Antarctica in December 1928, setting up a camp, nicknamed “Little America,” on the Ross Ice Shelf. For two years, members of the expedition weathered the harsh Antarctic conditions, collecting flora, fauna and soil samples while mapping from their aircraft miles of previously uncharted territory. 
Byrd, along with the other members of the expeditionary team, were awarded medals in 1930 by President Hoover after successfully completing a trip through the Arctic Circle. Congress authorized the award, as proposed by the Navy Department, to members of the expedition in Gold, Silver, and Bronze. It measures 2.5 inches in diameter and cast bearing the likeness of Admiral Byrd on the face with images of the expedition vessels on the back. The inscription  the reads for “undaunted service in connection with the scientific investigations and extraordinary aerial explorations of the Antarctic continent.” Of the 81 members of the expedition that were awarded medals: 65 were awarded gold, seven received silver medals, and nine received bronze.
This award is an unquestioned original and perhaps one of the most historically important pieces I have owned. The 1st. Byrd Expedition 1928-30 Bronze Medal  is one of only 9  struck at the  US Mint (note the opening in medal ring). It is engraved as presented to expedition member SYDNEY GLEASON. The accompanying photos of the Expedition are assumed to be from Gleasin's estate.

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Andrew H. Lipps
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Never seen a legit, and engraved medal, thank you for sharing and congrats!

 

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Another absolutely stunning piece from your collection Mr. Lipps!  Talk about rare!  I have never, ever seen any examples of the 1st Byrd medal.  Question, did the gold and silver version have different ribbons/drapes than your bronze one?  Thanks for sharing this gem with us.

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1 hour ago, Brian Dentino said:

Another absolutely stunning piece from your collection Mr. Lipps!  Talk about rare!  I have never, ever seen any examples of the 1st Byrd medal.  Question, did the gold and silver version have different ribbons/drapes than your bronze one?  Thanks for sharing this gem with us.

 

I believe all had the same drape.  Interestingly it seems the criteria for award was pretty arbitrary, depending on and decided by Byrd. Gleason was a cook and from all accounts a bit of a surly drunk, not well like by Byrd... so Bronze!

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Andrew H. Lipps
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Nice to see a real one ! 

!!!! WANTED !!!!

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Andrew,

 

You have been very busy picking up some really outstanding medals and groups both for your collection and for sale!  Congratulations on this one!

 

Michael

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