On the occasion of the
100th birthday of the famous Swiss painter, designer and
sculptor Hans Erni, I decided in 2009 to redesign erniland.com
in order to give the so-called "Erni Medals" a
contemporary presence in the
internet. This website is for collectors as well as for medal
and coin lovers.
As a 3rd generation
numismatist I already learned about the medals of Hans Erni when
I was still young. Even though we share the same family
name I am not a direct relative to Hans Erni. However, our
families descended from the same Lucerne Family Tree.
At the end of the 1960's and
beginning of the 1970's, hundreds of different Medals for collectors were minted in Switzerland. Only a few of them
represent nowadays more than the value of the metal. Erni Medals
are an exception in this respect. They are a self-contained
collection area of numismatics and they have not lost any of
Hans Erni is well known for
his high relief medals. Most medals have a very unique design,
they are unmistakably recognizable as Erni Medals.
Despite severe competition,
Erni Medals are well represented at Coin Shows and on Auction
Platforms. Over four decades Hans Erni created 28 medals and one
official Commemorative Coin for the Swiss Confederation.
Most medals were minted in gold and silver (two medals were also
minted in bronze). On request of the artist,
several medals deviate from the circular form.
Hans Erni created his first medal - a Jubilee Medal for the
Swiss National Circus Knie.
Over 40 years later, on the occasion of the United Nations'
International Year of Forests, Hans Erni created the medal
"Forest is Life" in 2011 at the age of 102 years. Unbelievable!
The talent of this
exceptional artist was also inherited to his daughter
Simone. Simone Erni has meanwhile also created 4 Medals and one
recommend the book "Kunst im Kleinen" from Ghidelli/Erni. The
book is unfortunately only available in German. A must for all collectors of Erni Medals.
It is full of well
researched information and stories
about his Medals and Stamps.