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Image & Republican Sovereignty on Coinage

(2005)


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Use of imagery on coinage has been influenced by the concepts of society since the earliest of times. Learn some of what has driven the decisions that have been made including: That George Washington did not want his image on any coinage Coin designs offered by Ben Franklin Efforts to forge a national identity Why individual States were allowed to strike their own coinage at first The influence of classical Roman ideals Examples of French coinage that show the development of the concept of liberty on coin The need to create an American coinage to replace the discredited Colonial and Revolutionary issues Pattern coinage proposed by Robert Morris and why they were not accepted Thomas Jefferson's proposal for a decimal based coinage system and a national mint The debate over the law passed in 1792 defining US coinage Speaker(s): Douglas Mudd.
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