Archive for Standing Liberty Quarter
100 years after the birth of Hermon MacNeil and fifty years after the Standing Liberty Quarter was minted, Doris Docsher Baum appeared on the TV quiz show “I’ve Got a Secret” on April 4, 1966.
The original Penn Station (1910-1964) was built from beautiful pink marble similar in appearance to what can be found at Hermon MacNeil‘s World War I memorial bearing the names of Flushing’s dead in that conflict. MacNeil, a College Point resident, also designed the “Standing Liberty” quarter (the predecessor to today’s Washington Quarter), the Marquette Memorial in Chicago, and 4 busts in the Hall of Fame of for Great Americans, among many other works.
The traditional Roman fasces consisted of a bundle of birch rods tied together with a red ribbon as a cylinder around an axe. Though adopted by Italian fascism in the early 20th Century, the symbol seems to have avoided the stigma that the swastika acquired after its adoption by the Nazis.
[ SOURCE: http://forgotten-ny.com/2006/10/northern-boulevard-in-flushing/. ]
Doris Doscher was also model for Karl Bitter’s Abundance in the Pulitzer Fountain at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
- Today is the 145th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth.
- The above celebrates his life from the Everett, Massachusetts city website.
Yesterday my order for the new MacNeil Commemorative came in the mail. Within 3 hours of the postman’s arrival, I had the print framed and displayed.
The actual print of Charles Daughtrey’s work is more imposing than any computer image can convey. The art piece is the seventh in Daughtrey’s series of coin designers.
I am very pleased with the piece.
Charles D. Daughtrey has released his beautiful commemorative of Hermon Atkins MacNeil. The art piece is the seventh in Daughtrey’s series of coin designers. In striking pencil sketch, he has depicted both the face of the young artist and his original Standing Liberty Quarter design. H. A. MacNeil was the designer of the Standing Liberty Quarter dollar minted from 1916 to 1930.
Daughtrey has combined his multiple talents as artist, photographer, and numismatic author in this gentle tribute. He portrays a younger MacNeil than is typically seen in likenesses of the sculptor. The effect is refreshing, crisp, and striking. While we have a definite bias here at hermonatkinsmacneil.com , this seventh offering in Daughtrey’s ‘Coin Designer Series’ seems to us to be the best of a fine succession of his tributes. We wish him well and ‘good health’ as he continues his work in the future.
Daughtrey has created 250 (11″ X 14″) prints available from his website. The works are signed and ready for shipping. In a recent email Daughtrey informed us, “I send them in a hard tube for the purchaser to have matted and framed to their liking.”
Charles specializes in copper coins and began sketching his Coin Designer Series of pencil sketches in 2005 when he need a suitable likeness of Victor David Brenner, the designer of the Lincoln Cent. This and all seven commemorative works are available for purchase at Charles Daughtrey’s art gallery (website #1 below).
Related links and posts available at the following sites:
1. Charles Daughtrey’s art gallery: http://www.cdaughtrey.com/
2. Copper Coins: http://www.coppercoins.com/
3. Lincoln Cent site: http://www.lincolncent.com/links.php
4. Archived posts fro SLQ on this website: http://hermonatkinsmacneil.com/category/coins-and-medals/
5. Jay Cline’s SLQ website: http://www.slqs.com/
6. SLQ archive on this site: http://hermonatkinsmacneil.com/category/coins-and-medals/
Ninety-four years after its first minting, the MacNeil “Standing Liberty quarter” retains a strong following among coin collectors. Tom LaMarre of Coins Magazine calls it MacNeil’s “real masterpiece.”
That says a lot coming from a coin expert like LaMarre. In a fascinating article at NumisMaster.com, he offers the usual numismatic history of the SLQ mixed with new information and delightful humor. The author has studied enough about MacNeil to mention about a dozen of his other works in the article including, “Sun Vow”, “Pony Express”, and “Ezra Cornell.” So, the “real masterpiece” compliment seems more than just another ‘two-bit’ comment. Some of LaMarre’s words which laud MacNeil’s Standing Liberty quarter include:
“Rich in symbolism and finely engraved detail, the new quarter reflected the spirit of peace and preparedness just before the United States entered World War I. It also revived a classical style in sharp contrast to the abstract and modern trends that were sweeping the art world at that time.”
LaMarre gives a thorough history of the design development, the changes, the controversies and the over-involvement of the Director of the Mint. A previous post on this website describes Jay H. Cline’s research book on the Standing Liberty Quarter includes nearly forty pages of letters between MacNeil and the Mint. LaMarre, finds this humorous quote on the over-involvement Mr Woolley in MacNeil’s project:
Mint Director Robert W. Woolley was so involved overseeing the preparation of the quarter design at the Mint that the Gettysburg Times predicted it would be known as the “Woolley quarter” or simply the “Woolley.”
The article offers some details of MacNeil history not seen before. He gives a discussion of the two women who served as models for the MacNeil’s art, namely Doris Doscher and Irene MacDowell. I had not known that Doris Doscher went public with her role in the SLQ on the TV show “I’ve Got A Secret” (or click HERE for second link).
Coin Collectors, especially SLQ fans and MacNeil enthusiasts alike, will enjoy Tom LaMarre’s article “MacNeil’s Standing Liberty Remains a Favorite.” It summarizes the importance of this art piece for collectors, it’s fascinating history, and MacNeil’s persistent creativity in developing the SLQ. LaMarre states:
The Standing Liberty quarter had a sculptural quality that set it apart from all previous quarter dollars. The Numismatist described it as “strikingly beautiful.” The New York Times called it a “silvern beauty.”
Coin collectors looking for more can graduate to Jay Cline’s book on Liberty Quarters. Cline’s book devotes Chapter 5 to telling the story of the two models that posed.
Either way the coin provides in interesting study in history, art and human nature. Treasury officials, namely Secretary William MacAdoo, had concerns about MacNeil’s delicate engraving not wearing as well in circulation as less artistic coin images of the past. But numismatists fine the delicate piece simply a treasure. Again LaMarre offers a good twist:
According to the Treasury secretary, it was a “fast-wearing” design that never quite worked out. In the opinion of collectors, it is a masterpiece that will stand in beauty forever.
J. H. Cline’s 45 year admiration of Hermon A. MacNeil’s Liberty Standing sculpture is documented in his carefully crafted volume “Standing Liberty Quarters.” The book tells the story of this Liberty Coin from the standpoint of the sculptor, the author and nearly a century of numismatic following. Mr. Cline offers his boyhood fascination (which seems to have never left him) in the first chapter in delightful narrative. Cline goes on to tell in the additional chapters of 2) the Smithsonian’s prized collection of MacNeil’s coin; 3) Hermon A. MacNeil — a brief bio of the artist with photos not seen elsewhere; 4) Government bureaucracy — the story and MacNeil’s correspondence (over 40 pages of actual letters included) with the Treasury and Mint officials concerning the ‘exposed’ breast and 100’s of other ‘details’; 5) the two models whose images were combined for the sculpture; 6) Errors in minted coins, 7) Connisseur section for serious collectors; 8) Year and Mintmark analysis, 9) Grading Criteria mostly developed by Cline over the years; 10) Value Analysis 1979-2006.
Definitive discussion from a lifetime perspective comes off the pages. We welcome the work of J. H Cline as an author, numismatist, and MacNeil enthusiast.
Here’s a link to J H Cline’s Book at his website: http://www.slqs.com/
And also at Amazon:
This last link goes to Mr. Cline’s business site, specializing in Liberty Standing Quarters.