UNSUNG HERO OF THE REVOLUTION - HAPPY JULY 4th!

As the joyous holiday approaches along with fireworks, barbecues, thoughts of liberty, George Washington, and tons of red, white and blue, we look back to 1776.  This 20th century work of medallic art by Paul Vincze, however, features an unsung, Jewish hero of the American War for Independence:  Haym Salomon.

The front and back of the medal do not convey any details that appear to be explicitly Jewish.  In fact, the portrayal of Salomon on the medal is similar to that of any of our Founding Fathers.  He is writing with a quill on a scroll by candlelight, symbols of the classic scene of the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and grasping a large rifle, a symbol of the war.  Salomon’s involvement with the war, which was completely nonviolent yet essential, is represented here by his sedentary, large nature and positioning below fighters on horseback.

So perhaps this July 4th you’ll take a second to think of Salomon and how his “brilliant understanding of foreign currency” helped finance the Revolutionary War that allowed us to eat this delicious corn-on-the-cob, I mean celebrate the freedoms and founding of our country.  

P. Vincze, Haym Salomon, 1973, Silver, Cast Medal, Collection of the Yeshiva University Museum. 2001.202

UNSUNG HERO OF THE REVOLUTION - HAPPY JULY 4th!

As the joyous holiday approaches along with fireworks, barbecues, thoughts of liberty, George Washington, and tons of red, white and blue, we look back to 1776.  This 20th century work of medallic art by Paul Vincze, however, features an unsung, Jewish hero of the American War for Independence:  Haym Salomon.

The front and back of the medal do not convey any details that appear to be explicitly Jewish.  In fact, the portrayal of Salomon on the medal is similar to that of any of our Founding Fathers.  He is writing with a quill on a scroll by candlelight, symbols of the classic scene of the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and grasping a large rifle, a symbol of the war.  Salomon’s involvement with the war, which was completely nonviolent yet essential, is represented here by his sedentary, large nature and positioning below fighters on horseback.

So perhaps this July 4th you’ll take a second to think of Salomon and how his “brilliant understanding of foreign currency” helped finance the Revolutionary War that allowed us to eat this delicious corn-on-the-cob, I mean celebrate the freedoms and founding of our country.  

P. Vincze, Haym Salomon, 1973, Silver, Cast Medal, Collection of the Yeshiva University Museum. 2001.202

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