National Geographic : 1974 May
tional Anthem. Hawaii's medal, in a design based upon native art, symbolizes the fraternity of many different peoples. The Texas medal is a rugged repre sentation of cattle and oil within the outlines of the Lone Star State. On New York's medal, the Statue of Liberty welcomes new arrivals, "yearning to breathe free." Fifty different artists. From fifty different States. Together they have created a collection that expresses with force and feeling the essence of America. A collection that is the ultimate tribute to our nation's Bicentennial. Prize Winning Designs in Solid Sterling Silver The fifty first-prize winning designs have been pains takingly transformed into the lasting beauty of solid sterling silver by the skilled craftsmen of The Franklin Mint. The reverse of each medal is en hanced by an appropriate complementary design-in most cases, the Official State Seal. Most of the States have already declared their medals to be the Official State Bicentennial Medals. The Franklin Mint has reserved the exclusive right to issue complete sets of all fifty medals. These will be available to the general public in a strictly limited edition. Royalties on the sales of these sets will be paid to all fifty State Bicentennial Commissions. An Important Opportunity Now, for a very short period of time, you have the opportunity to acquire the most important series of medals issued in commemoration of the most im portant historic occasion of our lifetime-the 200th anniversary of the birth of our nation. The final date for entering a subscription is May 31, 1974. There is a strict limit of one collection per subscriber. Each of the medals in this historic collection meas ures 39mm (11/2") in diameter and is guaranteed to contain a minimum of 500 grains of sterling silver. The medals will be issued at the rate of two per month-in the same sequence as the States' entry in to the Union-until the collection is complete in the Bicentennial year 1976. The price of the medals is $17.50 each. The Franklin Mint guarantees that this price will be kept constant for all fifty medals, regardless of any increases in the cost of silver over the subscription period. The Franklin Mint will support this guarantee by pur chasing enough silver bullion to cover the complete series of fifty medals for each subscription that is accepted. To take advantage of this important opportunity, mail the Subscription Application by May 31, 1974. Applications postmarked after that date must, regret fully, be declined and returned. A personalized album will be issued to each sub scriberat no additionalcost, to protect and display the complete collection offifty Bicentennialmedals.