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Smithsonian Museum Showcases New Pattern Coins In Traveling Display


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Charles E. Barber, the sixth chief engraver at the U.S. Mint, designed some of America’s most famous and best-loved coins. These included the Liberty Head 5-cent piece and a dime, quarter and half dollar. Less well known, but equally revealing of his style, are his drawings, patterns and commemoratives.


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display a selection of these for the first time at the Florida United Numismatic Convention Jan. 4-7, 2007, in Orlando, Fla. The second of four planned traveling displays, “Charles Barber’s Numismatic Art,” will showcase highlights of Barber’s four decades of design at the U.S. Mint. Of particular interest are the only two known 1891 pattern half dollars and sketches that help illuminate Barber’s design process.



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