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Jay Cline’s book, Standing Liberty Quarters, 4th Ed., includes 35 letters of correspondence between President Wm. Taft, H. A. MacNeil, officials of the US Mint, and the U.S. Treasury, discussing designs and changes from 1915-1917.

Many Design Changes produced the …

“Standing Liberty

Quarter”

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In 2018 at the

Florida United Numismatists (FUN)

Convention in Orlando,

a Heritage US Coins Auction revealed an early sketch of Hermon MacNeil for the reverse of his Liberty Standing Quarter.

This news was recently retrieved from CoinWeek and is offered here for Friends of Hermon Atkins MacNeil to enjoy on this website dedicated to his life and works.

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Preliminary MacNeil Sketch for the

Reverse of the Standing Liberty Quarter

 

As offered as LOT #4469 in the Heritage 2018 January FUN US Coins Signature Auction and described in the catalog below, this is original artwork for a proposed reverse of the Standing Liberty Quarter. a true piece of numismatic history sketched by Hermon MacNeil.

“Paper: 7.5×10 in. Sketch: 5.5 in. dia. Famously displayed in the Eric P. Newman Money Museum, this original Hermon MacNeil sketch of a proposed reverse for the Standing Liberty quarter was salvaged from the sculptor’s studio after his death in 1947 by John A. Coughlin, a neighbor and professional illustrator. Per research by Roger Burdette, who plated this and other MacNeil sketches in Renaissance of American Coinage, 1916-1921 (2005), Coughlin was also the source of MacNeil scrapbooks and related documents that now reside in the Smithsonian Archives in Washington D.C. This sketch was also plated by Don Taxay in The U.S. Mint and Coinage (1966).

This drawing was among those presented to Mint Director Woolley in late March 1916, as a proposed revision of the reverse design for the quarter. It incorporates the olive branches used on the later patterns, but they are shorter here and lack the ribbon ties. E PLURIBUS UNUM is tucked in the field above the eagle’s wings with the other legends around the border. Wingtip feathers protruding downward from the eagle’s body suggest that MacNeil repositioned the far wing partway through the execution of the sketch. Although many elements are individually different, the overall similarity of this design’s layout to the reverse of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle may have contributed to Woolley not choosing it for the quarter. After all, having MacNeil revise his quarter designs after the end of the competition was intended to assure a distinctive appearance for each denomination.

The paper shows minor yellowing and foxing, particularly around three of the edges.
Ex: Hermon MacNeil; John A Coughlin; Eric P. Newman (c. 1960); Eric P. Newman Collection / ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2016), lot 3820.”

 

The Actual Design was different than this draft.

 

Reverse of a circulated 1924 Standing Liberty Quarter

 

Standing Liberty Quarter – Commemorative SILVER minting of 2016

Jay Cline’s book, Standing Liberty Quarters, 4th Ed., reproduces 35 letters of correspondence involved in the design and minting of that coin. 

Letters between President Wm. Taft, H. A. MacNeil, officials of the US Mint, and the U.S. Treasury, discussing designs and changes from 1915-1917.

MORE on that next time …

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The previous post of June 30 told of the

RE-APPEARANCE of Hermon MacNeil’s 0wn

“Personal 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter” in 2022

While that re-appearance may have surprised the numismatic community,…

to this researcher of MacNeil’s life the disappearance of that original specimen was no surprise .  

In 1907 Jean Stansbury Holden wrote an article on “The Sculptors MacNeil.”  I discovered her article a dozen years ago when I started www.hermonatkinsmacneil.com/

Postcard of MacNeil studio in College Point. From the webmaster’s collection.

Jean Holden traveled to the College Point home and studio of the MacNeils.  She interviewed Hermon and Carol MacNeil as sources for her piece.

Among the many observations, she exposed Squirrel Vector Icons free download in SVG, PNG FormatHermon’s habit of squirreling away” his award medals in a studio drawer.  

When keeps his medals from: Chicago Exposition – 1893; Paris Exposition – 1900;  Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, NY – 1901;  Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St Louis – 1904;  and numerous others …

IN DRAWERS in his studio, and rubs then off some of the tarnish before showing them TRULY without Pretension or POMP.

SO … what is the likelihood that his “Personal 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter” spent 30+ years — probably in that same drawer with those many other award medals?

She captured his unassuming nature as …

a boyish, slender, medium height, with large eyes that meet you with a twinkle …a serious sculptor when working …without pretense of his accomplishments …

“It is said that one morning when the Alban Hills showed white a-top, he stripped off his student blouse, hurried to the summit of the highest hill, filled his lungs with cold air, rolled a snowball, then returned with renewed enthusiasm to dusty Rome and the study of the past.”   P-9409

Unpretentious…

Unassuming …

without pomp or guile …

What you see is what you get …

The genuine article …

A real human being …

All are qualities beyond any

Medal of Award!

SOURCES:

  1. Holden, Jean Stansbury (October 1907). “The Sculptors MacNeil“. The World’s Work: A History of Our Time  XIV: 9403–9419.

 

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Here is ONE place to go to see sculpture of Hermon A. MacNeil & his students. Located in cities from east to west coast, found indoors and out, public and private, these creations point us toward the history and values that root Americans.

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