King Antonio has had a Fiesta coin since the beginning in 1927. Then in 1971, King Antonio Charles Orsinger had the great idea of making the coin into a medal that you could wear. He had 500 coins put on fabric that could be pinned on your shirt and worn. Those 500 medals lasted about 10 minutes! Everybody wanted one. He ordered 1,000 more and they were gone quickly.
Today, 41 years later, everybody and their dog has their own medal. Medals come in plastic bags, on little cards and in boxes! Originally, the King pinned your medal on you….personally! Now, the Fiesta medal is a form of advertising for all sorts of businesses, cities, schools and clubs. They are ordered by lots of people for lots of groups…..too many to name!
Yesterday, I saw this chef at the Westin Hotel wearing his collection. Other people make hats with medals. Every time I think I have seen it all, I see something else.
The funny thing is that after Fiesta is over, nobody wears a medal. You would look like a nut walking down the street wearing a medal any other time of the year. I have a framed collection of medals that goes back to the beginning. Sometimes I use them for decorations at a party. People say, “What in the world are those for?”