Paul Huybrechts (b. 1951) is a prominent Belgian engraver and medallist, whose independent career began in 1974. Having trained in Belgium and Germany, he refined his engraving skills in Switzerland with the firm of Huguenin and has enhanced his casting abilities through his participation at various European medal symposia. His works over forty years include twelve coins and more than fifty postage stamps for the Belgian government along with many medals. A co-founder in 1987 of the Belgian society Promotion de la Médaille, he became the Belgian delegate to FIDEM in 2010 and a member of FIDEM’s executive committee in 2012. He is the principal organiser of FIDEM’s thirty-fourth congress, to be held in Belgium in 2016.
His BAMS medal focusses on the British passenger liner, the Titanic, which sank in the north Atlantic in 1912, resulting in the loss of more than 1,500 lives. The artist writes: ‘The wreck of the Titanic is probably the most renowned maritime memorial in history. As a medallist with a feeling for the commemoration of historical events and cultural heritage, I wanted to create a special medal with a view of the wreck as it was found in 1986, with on one side the ship under “water” (dark blue enamel). On the other side is the wreck in detail with the text: THE RMS TITANIC SANK ON HER MAIDEN TRIP AFTER STRIKING AN ICEBERG ON APRIL 14, 1912. THE WRECK OF THE RMS TITANIC WAS DESIGNATED AS AN INTERNATIONAL MARITIME MEMORIAL ON OCTOBER 21, 1986.