numismatics it could mean either the engraver of a hand engraved die, or the sculptor who prepared the oversize model which is then reduced on the die-engraving pantograph. The term is abbreviated f or fec. A preferred pronunciation is FEE-set, but FEC-kit is permissible. [Among themselves, artists humorously refer to this term as "fake it," as a fellow artist "faked it" meaning he made it without effort.] See signature. The name ”Stephen Fecit” appeared on an American pattern Continental Currency dollar of 1776. This led one unknowledgeable cataloger to state that “Fecit’ was the engraver’s last name.
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For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON
Roger W. Burdette, Editor