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What I Learned from 3000 Coin and Medal Artists


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The creation of coins and medals spanning 350 years in America has taught the speaker the importance of changing technology in the field. For 200 years it was the hand engraver, but since 1900 it is the sculptor who creates these objects we collect. In this lecture-only video you will learn about: * The technology changes that have influenced medal production * How Victor David Brenner was pivotal in these changes * America's first coin struck in 1652 * Different kinds of engravers * History of U.S. Mint engravers and the coin presses used * Europe's engraving technology and how it was brought back to America * Early American engraving firms * How the Civil War was a boom time for engravers * The Columbian Exposition and plethora of coins and medals produced * Conclusions about engraving in general A book has been written that compliments the information in this video. Speaker(s): Dick Johnson.
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