Contest seeks designer for medallion honoring war hero (Utica Observer-Dispatch)

Originally appeared on Utica Observer-Dispatch

One of the nation’s oldest rare coin shops is seeking artists from across the nation to design a silver coin-shaped medallion honoring African American World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson.

Ferris Coin Co. of Albany is offering two prizes of $1,000 each to the winning designs for the obverse and reverse sides of a 1.5 in (39 mm) coin-shaped silver medallion.

The submission deadline is April 17. Contestants must be 18 and older to qualify. For official rules, design requirements and answers to frequently asked questions, visit Send questions to

Five hundred silver coin-shaped medallions will be available for purchase this summer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the 369th Veteran’s Association Inc., Albany District, a 501(c)3.

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