Found on Cyberbrethren — Walther Medallion Opportunity — Act Now to Reserve a Copy

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Dr. C.F.W. Walther’s birth, Concordia Publishing House is pleased to be the exclusive provider of a commemorative medallion. We are asking people to express their interest in receiving a copy by placing advance orders. We have to receive at least 200 orders to move forward on this project. So, if you are interested in having a keep-sake, limited edition commemorative medallion, please reserve a copy before September 1. Place your reservation order here.

Here is more information.

Honor Walther’s Lasting Leadership

This October will be the bicentennial celebration of one of the most influential leaders in the history of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, C.F.W. Walther. As the first president of our synod, Walther used his passion and outspoken nature to ensure that Lutherans in 19th century America remained faithful to the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions. A beautiful reminder of Walther’s lasting leadership, this antique bronze medallion is now available for pre-order. The front features a timeline of his accomplishments, while the back pays homage to his most popular work, The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel. This impressive 3″ medallion will make a striking statement on your desk or library shelf! This limited edition medallion requires a minimum order quantity be achieved by September 1, 2011. In the event this minimum order is not reached, your pre-order will be cancelled with no strings attached.

Here is a picture of the front of the medallion:

Here is what the back will look like:

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Found on Cyberbrethren — Walther Medallion Opportunity — Act Now to Reserve a Copy — 31 Comments

  1. It should have an indulgence attached!

    I propose that for every medal purchased, the combined Lutheran lists and blogs be spared a week of criticism from PTM. [I’ll exempt ALPB because it’s only questionably Lutheran.]

    If we want to know what PTM (and echoes) think, we’ll read Cyberbrethren from time to time.

  2. Actually, there might be a good use for these. When I was back on active duty, it was an Air Force tradition to have unit coins, usually stamped with something peculiar to the unit, and issued to all the members as signs of unit cohesion. They were only really used for bar related coin checks… a fun challenge, to see who would buy the next round of beer.

    Walther Coin Checks… might make for a good drinking game! 😉

  3. What!? There is no mention on the medallion of one of C.F.W. Walther’s most important works, which the Missouri Synod has recognized officially as the definitive statement under Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions of the Synod’s understanding on the subject of church and ministry – Die Stimme unserer Kirche in der Frage von Kirche und Amt: Eine Sammlung von Zeugnissen über diese Frage aus den Bekenntnissschriften der evangelisch-lutherischen Kirche und aus den Privatschriften rechtgläubiger Lehrer derselben, von der deutschen evang.-luth. Synode von Missouri, Ohio und anderen Staaten als ein Zeugniss ihres Glaubens, zur Abwehr der Angriffe des Herrn P. Grabau in Buffalo, New York.

    Maybe the title could be written around the medallion’s edge in very small letters that Loeheists wouldn’t notice. 😉

  4. Steven,

    1. Look at the title of the book mentioned.
    2. Calculate the circumference of the medallion.
    3. Determine how many characters per inch would be needed.
    4. Lighten up.

    Elsewhere someone’s suggested selling the medallions as secondary relics after having them touch the remains of C.F.W. Walther.

  5. @Carl Vehse #3

    I thought that was pretty darn funny!

    Heck, if they could get the price down to around $5, I’d buy them for our men’s group– it would make for great conversation around a stout or porter.

  6. The medallions are 3 inches in diameter. The military coins I’ve gotten are more like 1.5 inches in diameter.

  7. I want to get a pair. Hopefully CPH will develop a “Francis Pieper Memorial Burial Shroud” and I can buried with coins in eyes and a shroud. WooHoo! 😉

    All kidding aside I like this. I know some who are coin collectors and this is right up their alley.

  8. @Brad #7
    Heck, if they could get the price down to around $5, I’d buy them for our men’s group– it would make for great conversation around a stout or porter.

    “Wayte a Whyle” 🙂 [Coasters?] 🙂

    (S’cuse me! I forgot my smiley in #1) 😉
    Actually, my first thought was to congratulate the artist. That’s a better picture of Walther than I’ve seen anywhere else! 🙂

    @Jim Pierce #10
    I want to get a pair. Hopefully CPH will develop a “Francis Pieper Memorial Burial Shroud” and I can buried with coins in eyes and a shroud. WooHoo!

    Three inch coins, Jim? 😉 Maybe if you wait a bit, you can put a 1517 medallion on the other eye?

    Isaiah 55:2 🙁

  9. @Carl Vehse #6 I imagine Walther breaking out in a slightly wry smile and then rolling over in his grave! Seriously in giving tribute to men of sound biblical theology we honor Him who sent them to us. Where would the Church invisible be right now if not for men and women like those great Old Testament examples, and Luther, Huss, Wycliff, Marquart……?

  10. Folks might be familiar with other medallions that Pastor Scott Blazek has designed, one for a Luther and one for a Melanchthon anniversary. They are beautiful, as I’m sure this one will be.

  11. You’re all a bunch of savage bloviating haters, bent on the destruction of our beloved esynod… but as long as you’re here, can I interest you in these nice trinkets?

    Sure! I’ll put it on my knick-knack shelf right between my official Precious Moments crucifix and my Jesus knocking on the door collectable plate.

    Eric Ramer

  12. I have NO idea what our forefathers spent and what the money situation was at that time. But they sure are fine collector items now that I am holding on to them and passing them on to relatives and FRIENDS. I also know these relatives didn’t have a big bank roll but thought of the reason and cause. And yes the books that I am able to pass on. Money could not touch them. I have been told I could sell no no no. Not the enjoyment they are getting out of them, whoever is the recipent at times.

    I look forward to ordering a Walther coin!

  13. While waiting for the medallions, there still may be space available on this Walther, Wittenberg, and Weihnachten Tour, Nov. 30 – Dec 11, 2011, with Missouri Synod President Matthew Harrison and Rev. Jon Vieker, Senior Assistant to the President:

    Dec. 1 – Frankfurt
    Dec. 2 – Wartburg Castle
    Dec. 3 – Eisieben, Quedlinburg
    Dec. 4 – Berlin
    Dec. 5 – Potsdam
    Dec. 6 – Wittenberg
    Dec. 7 – Torgau, Dresden
    Dec. 8 – Leipzig
    Dec. 9 – Schneeberg, Langenchursdorf, and Braunsdorf
    Dec. 10 – Bach Christmas Concert in Liepzig

    What an appropriate time, then, to visit the fatherland of this “American Luther,” along with the birthplace of Luther himself and the Reformation… all during one of the most beautiful and holy seasons of the Church Year!

    As your tour guide, President Harrison has visited virtually all of these sites before—some of them several times—and has studied and translated Luther and Walther all of his professional life. Truly at home in the house of his fathers, President Harrison would be honored to serve as your host and friend as we travel together, dine together, worship together, tour historic sites, and shop the beautiful Christmas markets. And then, as the pièce de résistance, we will conclude our travels together with J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig. What a truly beautiful, meaningful, and memorable time we will have together! Won’t you join us for this incredible trip? We would love to have you with us for a little “Walther, Wittenberg, and Weihnachten”!

  14. I love Rev. Blazek’s work, but wish he would have done the toothless Walther.

  15. @Over the hill LCMSer #23
    My prior comment not withstanding, it is a nice piece of work. Kudos, Pr. Blazek. Just out of curiousity, can you give Pr. Walther’s eyes pupils? I’m asking this in all seriousness, because I don’r know how the striking / minting process works, be I see the heart in Lutheran symbol is darkened. The blank eye’s are kind of disconcerting. Just wonderin’…

    Eric Ramer

  16. @Eric Ramer #27

    About the eyes….

    As teenage boys we would drive through Concordia Cemetery at night, to his crypt, and turn on the high beams just to see if we could get eyes on Walthers statue to light up.

    The eyes are the same.


  17. @Over the hill LCMSer #23
    I love Rev. Blazek’s work, but wish he would have done the toothless Walther.

    I don’t. I wish someone had done a decent portrait of Walther before he got toothless!
    Before bald, too, maybe…. although I see so many shaved heads/extremely short burrs that I am used to that!

  18. Some of our heiarchacial friends might think its inapropriate that Stephans, Loehe and Grabau aren’t memorialized with trinkets. After all, according to many synod members it seems like these men should have equal air time…………..maybe a tri-medalion suitable for doorstops and coasters?

  19. If there are to be medallions for confessional Lutheran pastors in Europe who helped C.F.W. Walther and the Missouri Synod, one of those should have the portrait of Friedrich August Brunn (1819–1895) whose first contact with the Missouri Saxons was a letter from Rev. Gotthold Loeber in 1846.

    One hundred and forty years ago, and a year after a visit from Walther, Brunn began a preseminary school in Steeden that contributed over 230 young men to Missouri Synod seminaries, becoming pastors, teachers, and synodical leaders. The Steeden school closed in 1878, a victim of its success in helping the growth of the Missouri Synod to such an extent that synod congregations were able to contribute sufficient numbers of seminary students.

    Rev. Brunn also made important contributions (at the risk of his life) in opposing the Prussian Union State Church and eventually helping to form the Lutheran Free Church in Saxony.

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