Propelled by Robert Johnson, Deputy Master of the Mint, the 1920s were a period of revival for medal making. Johnson particularly favoured Metcalfe as an artist and recruited him and other artists with the aim of expanding the medal department.
Metcalfe’s Voluntary Medical Service Medal beautifully depicts the lady of the lamp, Florence Nightingale, on the obverse. A strong visual impact is created in this design by the hands and face pointing in opposite directions.
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