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George Hampden Lovett


Born in Philadelphia. Moved with his family to New York about 1825. Son of Robert, brother of Robert and father of Robert Lovett. Married Sarah Barmore. They had a daughter. Later married Anna A. Later married Mary Turzanski September 7, 1868. They had three sons.

At age 16 he began to work for his father. He continued as an engraver and diesinker. He cut the seal for the ANS in 1867. Shortly afterward he joined the ANS December 23, 1867. He engraved the printing plates for their membership certificates and cut the dies for the 1876 membership medals. He advertised in Volume 1, Number 1, of the AJN for May 1866 as a Medalist and Seal Engraver. His address at the time was 131 Fulton Street in New York. He later advertised in AJN from April 1879 through October 1890. His address was 192 Broadway in New York. He died in Brooklyn.

He Engraved dies for many medals:

New York State Agricultural Society (Julian AM- 62)

Wisconsin State Agriculture Society (Julian AM- 82,83).

Centennial Exposition 1876

World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition 1885

North, Central and South American Exposition 1886

Piedmont Exposition 1887

American Exhibition, London, 1887

World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Lovett issued a series of medals for the centennial known as the "eight battles" dollars (HK-90 thru HK- 113)

In 1878, the Consul General of Honduras in New York (possibly Ephraim G. Squire) contracted George H. Lovett, to provide sets of dies for the denominations of one, five, 10, 25, and 50 centavos and one peso meeting specifications of their coinage law adopted April 3, 1879. The dies were used sparingly to produce Honduran coins of some of these denominations dated 1878, 1879 and 1880 because the dies were considered defective (thought by some to easily crack or break). Multiple die trial strikes are in the collection of the American Numismatic Society, New York. Lovett had joined the Society in 1867. Squire had been the U.S. Charge d' Affairs in Central America mid-century, reportedly being appointed Honduras' Consul General in New York in 1868.

bio: NYHSD; P-F, A Monetary History of Central America (American Numismatic Society, 2017)

obit: AJN 28 Apr 1894 pages 104-105

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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