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First director of U.S. Mint featured on medal
for American Numismatic Association’s
121st Anniversary Convention
First director of the United States Mint David Rittenhouse is honored on the official medal for the American Numismatic Association’s 121st Anniversary Convention, Aug. 7-11, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia.
Designed by Jamie Franki, an art professor and former master designer in the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program, the piece celebrates Rittenhouse’s contributions to science and American coinage history. Largely self-educated, Rittenhouse is known for his skills in astronomy and surveying and for constructing a variety of instruments to help him in his work.
“Philadelphia has a rich heritage, not only as the cradle of the American Revolution, but also as the foundation of our nation’s coinage,” Franki said. “I endeavored to tie aspects of these two ideas together in a unique way.”
The obverse features a portrait of Rittenhouse while the reverse is reminiscent of the rare 1792 half disme, one of the first issues of the newly established Mint (interestingly, with the Mint not yet operational, the 1792 half disme was actually struck in the basement of a saw-makers shop). Rittenhouse personally delivered specimens of the new coinage to Thomas Jefferson, and many were given to dignitaries as examples of minting excellence and American ideals.
The stars, gears and markings along the obverse rim are derived from Rittenhouse’s orrery machines, devices he painstakingly constructed to create accurate maps of the solar system. Curved along the edge is a facsimile of the inventor’s signature.
The reverse carries a single star, as does the reverse of the half disme.
“Since Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love, I placed an olive branch in the eagle’s beak as a sign of peace; 13 olives on the branch represent the original colonies,” Franki said. “The typeface I used is called ‘Benjamin Franklin’ after the great Philadelphian who coincidentally created legends for the half disme and subsequently for the Fugio cent.”
Franki is thrilled to have had the opportunity to design the official convention medal for the upcoming World’s Fair of MoneySM.
“It is my hope that bringing together our Mint’s first director and one of his first coins on a commemorative ANA medal serves as a reminder of Philadelphia’s importance as a center of numismatics, culture and patriotism,” Franki said.
Franki will conduct a Money Talks presentation titled “David Rittenhouse and the 1792 Half Disme” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 in Room 104B. Franki’s Money Talk will be followed by a meet-and-greet at 2 p.m. in the ANA Area, where he will be signing the holders for the medal.
Only 100 bronze, 70mm, serially numbered medals will be struck, along with 150 two-medal sets (38mm, bronze and silver), and 125 38mm badges with ribbon drape. Bronze medals are $60, two-medal sets are $100 and badges are $25. Add $6.95 per shipment for postage and handling. To order, phone 800-367-9723, ext. 112.
Check out the the photos of this medal, it is a true work of art!
Cooperative effort includes museum display, two Money Talks programs
The American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the American Numismatic Society in New York City, are joining together to present a stunning exhibit of the U.S. Mint’s first issues as part of the Museum Showcase during the World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The ANS is loaning a complete collection of the first issues of each coinage denomination minted by the Philadelphia Mint from 1792-1796. This one-time exhibit highlights Philadelphia’s storied numismatic history.
Mike Gasvoda, an ANS Board of Trustees member and longtime ANA member, was instrumental in bringing this exhibit to the Philadelphia show. “While the ANA and ANS may serve different parts of the numismatic community, the overlap of what we offer is much larger than the places we differ. This type of joint effort between the ANA and ANS should be a natural part of both our efforts to reach the collecting community,” he said.
The pedigrees of the ANS coins have links back to some of the most famous collections ever formed. A few stand-out pieces include:
- Select 1793 large cents donated by George H. Clapp;
- The Louis Eliasberg specimen of the 1794 dollar, exhibited courtesy of an ANS Board of Trustees member;
- A 2 ½ dollar gold quarter eagle and 10 dollar gold eagle, from the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan.
The exhibit will also include a 1793 half cent, a gift to the ANS from Robert Schonwalter; a 1794 half disme, graded MS-63; a 1796 disme, 1796 quarter, 1794 half dollar and 1795 half eagle, all donations to the ANS from Arthur J. Fecht collection. A 1792 half disme, donated to the ANA by Steve L. Contursi, will complement this exhibit in the Museum Showcase.
“I’m really pleased that the ANS is partnering with the ANA for this wonderful exhibit of the first Philadelphia Mint issues. This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees at the World’s Fair of Money to see such historically significant U.S. coins,” said ANA Executive Director Jeff Shevlin. “We appreciate the ANS partnering with us and we look forward to more opportunities in the future.”
The challenges of the early U.S. Mint are easily recognized when looking at these historic pieces. The designers, engravers and die operators struggled to learn their new trade. Coin production came in fits and starts as efforts to secure funding and precious metals were anything but steady. It took four years for the fledgling mint to coin each of the congressionally mandated denominations, so foreign coinage continued to circulate alongside American coins as legal tender for many years. The exhibited coins give a rare glimpse into the operations of the first Philadelphia mint.
“Working with Mike Gasvoda, Robert Wilson Hoge and Elena Stolyarik to create this exhibit has been a wonderful experience. It is rarely possible to display such great pieces,” said ANA Museum Curator Douglas Mudd.
This exhibit will be complemented by three related Money Talks presentations, which are expected to be heavily attended.
- Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger, both ANA and ANS members, deliver the talk, “The First Philadelphia Mint,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Room 104B.
- Robert Wilson Hoge, former ANA curator and current curator of North American Coins and Currency at the ANS, will give the presentation, “First Order of Business: The U.S. Mint’s Original Coinage Denominations, 1793-1796,” at noon Thursday, Aug. 9 in Room 104B.
- Jamie Franki, creator of the 121st Anniversary Convention Medal, presents “David Rittenhouse and the 1792 Half Disme,” at 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 104B.
“If you appreciate this exhibit and the related presentations, I hope you will let both organizations know so we can better understand how we can serve our numismatic family in the future,” Gasvoda said.
The World’s Fair of Money is the nation’s premier money show. The event features a major auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries; more than 1,000 numismatic dealers with the best inventory anywhere; the ANA Museum Showcase exhibiting some of the world’s most valuable and beautiful coins and paper money; a Mint Promenade with mints from around the world; the Collector Exhibits area; educational presentations and seminars; and special events including the ANA’s annual awards banquet.
Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA members and children 12 and under. Save $2 on admission by downloading a coupon at www.worldsfairofmoney.com. For more information, call 719-482-9849.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 27,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.
The Whitman Coin & Collectible Baltimore Expo is this week, starting today March 22 for Dealer set up and ending March 25. It’s going to be an action packed weekend. Admission is free, but early bird passes are available for a fee, so if you want to get a jump on things pick one up. The official auction company for the show will be Stacks Bowers Galleries. Be sure to check the schedule so you don’t miss out on anything!
If you’re in Las Vegas this weekend be sure not to miss The Las Vegas Numismatic Society’s 49th Annual coin show! All of the information you need is right above. The Coin Raffle prizes are as follows:
- 1st: $500 Bill
- 2nd: $2.50 Gold Coin
- 3rd: 1/10 oz Gold Eagle
- 4th: GSA Silver Dollar
- 5th: Uncut Sheet of $1 Bills
- 6th-10th: 1 oz Silver
The Las Vegas Numismatic Society is having a meeting and benefit auction featuring 30 lots of coins and collectibles this Saturday starting at 2pm. The meeting will be held at the Charleston Heights Art Center located at 800 South Brush Street Las Vegas, NV. For more information go to the LVNS page here. Everyone is welcome!